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RT @JackGray1997: @SAFCFoL Coaches Coffee Club returns on Tuesday 19th January 4:15pm-5:15pm! @ScottN1504 will be leading the event on “Th…

☕ The ever-popular Coaches' Coffee Club has returned during lockdown. 📊 This week's hot topic was the xG Theory,… https://t.co/hUZVhuOW4b

𝗜𝗖𝗬𝗠𝗜 @baileywright92 gets a grilling from our budding stars during a Zoom Q&A... Watch ▶️ https://t.co/oj1Hqfn57j… https://t.co/m7JkCWihyI

𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖 𝙛𝙚𝙬 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙨? 🤗 Help us understand your thoughts and perceptions about charitable causes across the north… https://t.co/VwEzWJ5w2h

RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Another excellent virtual session this morning @SAFCFoL Skills, Q&A’s with the coaches and great advice for the kids!…

👏 Congratulations @Charliewyke1 on your hat-trick v @AFCWimbledon this afternoon. 🙌 Big win for @SunderlandAFC on… https://t.co/kZ9Caufuq4

RT @BlcSafc: Reaching out for support shows strength .. Our virtual @SunderlandAFC match day mental health hub with @washingtonmind is avai…

🥳 Many happy returns to the King! ⚽️ Chris Maguire turns 32 today, let’s hope he can add to his three goals so far… https://t.co/LpVVwV0N8u

🔴⚪⚽ ...It's matchday! 🔜 There may be no 𝙃𝘼’𝙒𝘼𝙔 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙔 draw today but get your tickets now for Tuesday night 👉… https://t.co/K7MkMG1HHM

RT @EFLTrust: .@RishiSunak thanks our EFL Clubs and Community organisations as we focus on providing opportunities for unemployed young peo…

🪚 Carving out opportunities for our young people. 🤩 Some of the handy work on show during our one-to-one woodwork… https://t.co/aYi4rfbyti

🏃🏼‍♂️ Love this! Keep it up, Archie - but don’t tire yourself out before you’ve baked those cakes you promised ever… https://t.co/3nVvGW5wIR

RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Can’t thank @baileywright92 enough! Such an inspirational Q&A session with Mason & the #FolPlayerDevelopment kids last…

🤸 Don't forget our PE and Dance activity sessions take place at 1.30pm every afternoon for kids - and parents - of… https://t.co/JV81WkO3Bm

Great to have @LukeOnien on board as one of our @PFA ambassadors for the 2020-21 season. Your support is really a… https://t.co/y56R5Z0gfe

🇺🇸 Our star in stripes! Good luck, Austin 👊 https://t.co/mq4fZDOvdX

👀 Don't touch the jelly babies... @baileywright92 shares some superstitions with young players from our Developmen… https://t.co/Xobvs9iorH

💻 #SAFC's @baileywright92 took to the hot seat as he was grilled by our Player Development Centre kids via Zoom.… https://t.co/CEfSH3WJTB

RT @BlcSafc: As we can't be at @SAFCFoL in person with @washingtonmind on Saturday, our virtual mental health will be available between 12…

🤔 Kids who are missing our football sessions have come up with a 𝙇𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙚 to stay active while fundraisin… https://t.co/rv2RLz3yCE

Open letter from Sir Bob Murray

2020 has been an extremely challenging year for everyone and one we may remember for many of the wrong reasons.

Pandemic is not a word many of us used before this year. None of us could have ever imagined the personal losses so may have suffered, the economic hardship that thousands in our region now face, as well as the isolation and mental anguish so many are now feeling. This is a historic period in all our lifetimes and is definitely one that none of us will ever forget.

But out of the darkness comes light and there have been some things that we will hold dear as we move into 2021 – a revised sense of community spirit; a desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves; and an enormous pride in the commitment and dedication of our frontline and key workers.

Some of the most memorable stories to emerge this year, are those of the NHS heroes gallantly leading the fight against COVID-19.

This year we, as a Foundation, have been proud to play our part in supporting this incredible institution protect the health of our communities. In February, we welcomed the NHS Northern Gambling Addiction Clinic – operated by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – to the Beacon, whilst in March we provided defibrillators to local hospitals, and since the summer we have been encouraging football fans to stop smoking through the Northumbria NHS Quit for COVID-19 campaign.

As a nation we owe a huge debt of thanks to the NHS. As a Foundation, we will continue to work closely with this with incredible institution on a number of different projects in 2021 to help to positively improve the physical and mental health of the region.

This year, the Foundation of Light staff have shown immense commitment to their work, often pulling together in difficult circumstances to ensure we continue to support and help those in our communities who need our help.

I am in awe of the difference they make every day – to supporting over 1,000 socially-isolated older people with telephone befriending services, care packages or online activities through to supporting the unemployed and furloughed re-train and learn new skills, as well as providing dedicated support for young people and low-income families across the North East.

Finally, as we move into 2021, now is the time for us to continue that rekindled community spirit, be kind to one another and continue to help those who need it most through the darker days. I have no doubt that although the road ahead is still rocky, we will re-emerge stronger and be able to positively look forward to the future once again.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported the Foundation this year. Your support means the world to the us, our participants, donors and communities.

As we move into our 20th birthday year, I hope you and your loved ones had the best Christmas possible and I wish you a healthy 2021.

Sir Bob Murray CBE
Chair of Trustees

How You Can Help
The Foundation of Light is currently aiming to raise £10,000 to support those who are social isolated across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham stay connected. We have reached the half way point, with Sunderland AFC fans raising over £5,000 before Christmas.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have supported over 1,000 people. We want to continue that support until at least March 2021. By donating £5, you will provide an older person with access to telephone befriending, online activities and garden-gate visits to help them stay mentally and physically healthy in their homes.

Help us, help them today. Donate online via justgiving.com/campaign/quid

Written By Sir Bob Murray CBE

28 December 2020

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