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RT @FoL_Beacon: £15 OFFER EXTENDED! We have decided to extend our £15 pitch offer on our 5 aside 3G pitches until Sunday 1st July. 1st t…

14 hours ago

RT @alydixon262: Toughest 10k I've ever done!! WELL DONE to everyone who ran, you definitely earned those t-shirts! https://t.co/miqTCr3SQQ

14 hours ago

RT @Ryan_Doneathy: Played fives at the Beacon of Light today for the first time. Taken aback by how impressive a venue it is. Brilliant to…

14 hours ago

RT @PatersonKellie: Another run ticked off with @patwallace1968 sunny and hilly but enjoyed it none the less. @SAFCFoL lambton run @Dkfs16

14 hours ago

THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the @LambtonRun 10k and 3k today! Results will be published on… https://t.co/FfCcJSCs1F

15 hours ago

Best of luck for your wedding day Dan! https://t.co/aiGwSXCgxQ

15 hours ago

🥇CONGRATULATIONS to @LambtonRun 10k winner Oliver James and first placed female @alydixon262! #LambtonRun https://t.co/o9Z8z9wOm8

16 hours ago

The view our @LambtonRun 10k and 3k runners will have as they reach the final straight! #LambtonRun https://t.co/KnaRssIVA1

16 hours ago

RT @PumasFutsalClub: The next step for our futsal family has arrived. We are proud to connect with the @FoL_Beacon @SAFCFoL + the city of…

16 hours ago

... And they’re off! Good luck everyone! #LambtonRun https://t.co/oBCUV0O0oN

16 hours ago

Our @LambtonRun 10k runners are at the starting line ... #LambtonRun https://t.co/fSPdvU1OwR

18 hours ago

Need directions to the @LambtonRun? Details below! 👇 https://t.co/6L1ZaTxa7W

18 hours ago

On the day registrations open at 8.30am this Sunday with the runs starting at 10am (10k) and 10.15am (3k) prompt!… https://t.co/cjUfCjaesI

19 hours ago

RT @PatersonKellie: @lambton run today with @patwallace1968 for @SAFCFoL wishing you were with us @Dkfs16 @andybrown0172

19 hours ago

We’re at the magnificent Lambton Estate for the @LambtonRun ready to welcome our 10k and 3k runners! #LambtonRun https://t.co/dUTj3HZnyA

Jun 23

RT @FolClub: Our u18 team for the 18/19 season are looking for new players. Training will be at @FoL_Beacon mid week with league games play…

Jun 23

RT @FoL_Beacon: Great start to our first official weekend with some of our @manvfat players getting in some extra practice, our SaturdayFC…

Jun 23

RT @FoL_Beacon: Delighted to welcome @LumleyLadies to the Beacon this morning! ⚽️ https://t.co/Fd84grPaHh

Jun 22

RT @FoL_Beacon: Great atmosphere at Imagine Table Tennis Club at the Beacon tonight with @TableTennisENG number 3 ranked Joshua Weatherby a…

UNW light the way forward for Beacon

A LEADING accountancy firm is playing a pivotal role in developing the iconic Beacon of Light for Sunderland AFC’s official charity.

Chartered accountants UNW LLP were commissioned by Foundation of Light to develop a business plan to demonstrate the viability of its most ambitious project to date and to excite donors about the prospect of being involved in the development of the iconic Beacon of Light.

Corporate Finance Senior Manager, Jo Powell who led the project explains, “At UNW we have extensive experience of helping organisations to develop powerful business plans.

“We really interrogate projects and the underlying financial information to ensure that all the assumptions are appropriate and realistic. Using our background of supporting with strategy, we are able to help “tell the story” for businesses, donors and commercial partners so that they understand and believe in a project and feel moved to get involved.

We already knew about the great work of the Foundation of Light and were keen to meet Lesley Spuhler and her team to find out if there were ways we could work together using our strong financial experience and skills to develop the exciting Beacon project.

Our work was made easier by the professionalism, energy and enthusiasm of Lesley and her team.

Ms Powell adds: “Through our work on social impact and as Big Potential & Impact Readiness Fund Providers, we were also able to fully understand the impact on beneficiaries and advise on Social Return on Investment.

“Our help supporting the rigour and integrity of the numbers is only part of the jigsaw.

“Ultimately it is the track record of management and staff at the Foundation that is now exciting donors and corporate partners alike to get involved and invest.

“Our research shows that the social impact of the Beacon of Light project will be exceptional, with the project forecast to directly benefit hundreds of thousands of people every year and to generate a total discounted social return on investment of £73 million over the next twenty years.

“The Beacon will provide the region with an amazing and iconic venue brought to life by the work of the fantastic Foundation staff, volunteers and the families they touch.”

UNW have proved to be key players in the Beacon team. The Foundation has a target of £15m to raise to open the Beacon of Light and we are now well on target to achieve this with their help and support.

We needed an experienced and well respected team who could interrogate and challenge every aspect of the Beacon plan to prove its sustainability, long-term viability and more importantly just what it could achieve.

Having such an in-depth business plan was crucial for us to get the backing of Trustees, stakeholders and potential donors and our plans are now exciting would be benefactors and corporate partners alike.

Lesley Spuhler, Foundation of Light CEO

UNW is a leading independent firm of chartered accountants based in the North East. Their wide range of clients includes charities and social enterprises, entrepreneurs and their businesses, inward investors and professional partnerships.

The Beacon business plan project was led by Jo Powell, who has significant experience of raising investment for a wide range of charities, social enterprises and companies.

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THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the @LambtonRun 10k and 3k today! Results will be published on… https://t.co/FfCcJSCs1F

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