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The Foundation of Light has an eminent Board of Trustees including Chair of Trustees Sir Bob Murray CBE, Sir Tim Rice, Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley, Paul Collingwood MBE, Sir Peter Vardy DL, Colonel The Hon James Ramsbotham DL, Stephen Cram CBE, George Clarke and Kate Adie OBE.

The Patron of Foundation of Light is HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO.


Foundation of Light is financially independent of Sunderland AFC

Using the power of football, the Foundation continues to expand it work to involve, educate and inspire young people and their families through a range of pioneering programmes.

Foundation of Light already touches the lives of more than 40,000 people across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham every year but has ambitions to do much more.

Although we share an emotive relationship with Sunderland AFC, the Foundation of Light is a charity that is structurally and financially independent of the football club, relying on fundraising for 90% of our costs.

It’s only with the generous and unwavering backing of our many supporters that we can continue to make such an impact on your community.

The Beacon of Light is no different and the Foundation will need to raise more than £2m to make our latest dream a reality.

To find out more about fundraising as an individual or as an organisations, please contact us.



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