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HUGE THANKS to #SAFC players Duncan Watmore, Lee Camp and club legend Kevin Ball who attended our #MakingMoves coa… https://t.co/RLzEHq9Z2K

18 hours ago

RT @SRTRC_England: Congratulations to prize winner Jack from Whitburn School who was lucky enough to meet @Ethan_robson8 and @tybrowning as…

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“I would recommend the NCS to anyone as it is an experience I will never forget.” Our Shildon @FoLScholars have ju… https://t.co/cmomxMp4P9

19 hours ago

RT @davedixon919: Wow ... the Beacon of light is a building and a facility to be proud of for Sunderland and the NE @SAFCFoL @SunderlandAFC

Apr 19

RT @TheBoLSchool: Our students are really looking forward to their first rugby session with @AllStarsRugby tomorrow #SportStars #FitnessFri

Apr 19

RT @FoL_Beacon: Wow all the lines are down and our multi sports hall is almost ready. Final inspections tomorrow. To enquire about hirin…

Apr 19

RT @RobLawson1: Perfect evening for cycling - and a lovely 34-mile ride with @Sthompson40Sean in training for @SAFCFoL challenge. No stops.…

Apr 19

RT @godboldtt: Winner of the Tt event city campus Niall with runner up the stig @HelenBy36665754 @SportBetty @sc_youthsupport @FoL_Beacon @…

Apr 19

RT @godboldtt: Students having a go v the terminator robot machine bede college aadam maharoo the most successful @sc_youthsupport @HelenBy

Apr 19

BREAKING NEWS: We will kick off a new era of football in the #NorthEast with Soccer Courses, #LittleDribblers and… https://t.co/C1s55uyMde

Apr 19

RT @LanchesterEP: Y2 are improving their throwing and catching skills this afternoon with @SAFCFoL in the lovely sunshine!☀️🎾 Mr Mordue htt…

Apr 19

RT @FoL_Beacon: The Beacon is set to be a multi sports community venue with Indoor 4G, Outdoor 3Gs and an amazing sports hall with 3 courts…

Apr 19

Did you miss out on our first SEND Awareness Course? Due to popularity, we are hosting a further event at the… https://t.co/nej3fkAATz

Apr 19

Members of our team at last night's #DisabilityChampions SEND Awareness Course, increasing their understanding of s… https://t.co/8BefESJfrV

Apr 19

Fantastic turnout and discussions at last night's #DisabilityChampions SEND Awareness Course at the @StadiumofLighthttps://t.co/W6FtaeCvYT

Apr 19

WELL DONE to our Ladies @FoLScholars team who travelled to @LilleshallNSC yesterday for a series of @NFYLU19 league… https://t.co/56HBaqqQnM

Apr 19

NEWS: More than 70 youngsters took to the pitches at #SAFC's Academy of Light in the hope of securing a place on on… https://t.co/pOnxJRtWdb

Apr 19

Our #CoachesAcademy offers on the job training and support from experienced, qualified mentors, a GUARANTEED interv… https://t.co/8XWAGuMVo4

Apr 19

Leaving school this year and looking to kick start a career in sports coaching? Come along to our Information Even… https://t.co/qLuCGotNn0

Apr 19

RT @c_rob_8: @steviemc225 @LilleshallNSC @FoLScholars @NFYLU19 @CL24796 Thanks and to @NFYLU19 Great Experience for Players 👏🏻 👊🏻⚽️ https:/…

Beacon of Light shines at Buckingham Palace

5 April 2018

Sir Bob Murray CBE and Foundation CEO Lesley Spuhler OBE were invited to Buckingham Palace recently for a celebration lunch to commemorate the upcoming opening of the Beacon of Light.

The Foundation will receive the keys to the Beacon in May and begin the phased opening of the striking, six-storey building.

Chair of Trustees of the Foundation, Sir Bob Murray CBE commented: “We are hugely honoured that our Patron, HRH Countess of Wessex GCVO so graciously hosted a celebration lunch at Buckingham Palace.

“It was a milestone moment to toast the opening of the Beacon, which is now only weeks away.

“People still ask why we are building the Beacon and my answer is always the same – the North East is a fantastic place to live but still has many challenges. Many adults, families and even young people feel like they have limited prospects, nothing to aspire to and therefore no motivation to improve their own lives.

With deprivation and diminished confidence comes even greater issues, the Beacon of Light will be a force for good for people across the region, not just Sunderland. It will help people to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.

“The Beacon already looks like a landmark building and will boast world class facilities but it has not been designed for the elite – it will be open and welcoming to everyone in our region. As well as being a great social and meeting place, it will also try to address specific challenges such as unemployment, poor attainment and economic inactivity, low skill levels, poor health and issues around crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Statistics show that over 50% of local residents see crime and anti-social behaviour as a major problem; a quarter of families have poor health; 33% of men and 45% of women are economically inactive; 64% of children are in lone parent families; and 60% of children live in the 25% of most disadvantaged wards in the country.

The Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC and has grown immensely in stature over the last decade and a half to become one of the most successful organisations in its field with the reputation as an industry leader.

The charity raises over £4 million a year to fund its pioneering work. It receives much of this funding on a results basis so is highly efficient and delivers outstanding Social Return on Investment (SROI) across its portfolio of 40 specialist programmes.

By addressing regional challenges and working alongside strategic partners, the Beacon of Light will assist the socio-economic revival of the region and is expected to generate a SROI of £73m in its first 20 years.

For more information about the Beacon of Light or to make an enquiry visit beaconoflight.co.uk.

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