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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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Ha'way the Lads! ๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ Well done to our Scholarship team who won the @YAV_Sunderland #BlackHistoryMonth football touโ€ฆ https://t.co/mTPwGTwjLb

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๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐’๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐œ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ โšฝ Football - Tuesday 1-3pm ๐Ÿ‘ Multi-sports - Thursday 10-1โ€ฆ https://t.co/IyB6WhyyY5

๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€ ๐ŸŽ‰ A very happy birthday to former #SAFC man Kieran Richardson Any excuse... Kieran Richardson! https://t.co/MAlTvdcicQ

๐ŸŸ๏ธ ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns this weekend! โšฝ At only ยฃ5 to enter, the cost of your ticket pays for a ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃโ€ฆ https://t.co/gLOdBWt4tW

RT @RokerRapportPod: Hendo's Da is trying to save lives on Wearside and Bally wants us to help ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ Let's give him a hand if we can #SAFโ€ฆ

๐ŸŽ–๏ธ๐™ต๐š๐™ด๐™ด ๐™ต๐™พ๐™พ๐šƒ๐™ฑ๐™ฐ๐™ป๐™ป ๐™ต๐™พ๐š ๐š…๐™ด๐šƒ๐™ด๐š๐™ฐ๐™ฝ๐š‚ ๐š๐™ด๐šƒ๐š„๐š๐™ฝ๐š‚ Every Tuesday and Thursday โšฝ 45 mins football โ˜• Cuppa and a catch-up Boโ€ฆ https://t.co/rkTUK0oYWD

Weโ€™re at St Josephโ€™s Catholic Primary School today talking to pupils about #blackhistorymonth. Some fantastic questโ€ฆ https://t.co/LhN06JjJu1

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๐Ÿค— Little Dribblers Playgroup at the Beacon of Light tomorrow... ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 9.30-11.30am ๐Ÿ‘ถ Age 0-3 years ๐Ÿ’ฐ ยฃ3 eacโ€ฆ https://t.co/0DibNZsvSP

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๐Ÿ’ฅ! ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns this weekend ๐™๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™จ โ–ช๏ธยฃ1,000 prize โ–ช๏ธSigned Sunderland shirt โ–ช๏ธRollover jackpoโ€ฆ https://t.co/NePYEX0rAH

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RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿค” Have you been ๐Ÿ”™ to the Beacon yetโ‰๏ธ โ–ช๏ธ Five-a-side football โ–ช๏ธTraining or kickabout โ–ช๏ธ Safe space for bootcamps ๐™Š๐™ช๐™งโ€ฆ

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๐ŸŽ–๏ธ๐™ต๐š๐™ด๐™ด ๐™ต๐™พ๐™พ๐šƒ๐™ฑ๐™ฐ๐™ป๐™ป ๐™ต๐™พ๐š ๐š…๐™ด๐šƒ๐™ด๐š๐™ฐ๐™ฝ๐š‚ ๐š๐™ด๐šƒ๐š„๐š๐™ฝ๐š‚ Every Tuesday and Thursday โšฝ 45 mins football โ˜• Cuppa and a catch-up Boโ€ฆ https://t.co/iuTizIXyBR

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PARKINSON GIVES SUPPORT TO FOUNDATION STAFF

This week, as part of International Happiness at Work Week, Sunderland AFC boss Phil Parkinson recorded a special talk-in for Foundation of Light staff.

The clubโ€™s official charity has worked tirelessly over the last six months to support thousands of vulnerable people and families who found themselves at greater risk of poor mental health, physical inactivity or social isolation as a result of the pandemic.

From delivering food parcels to the most vulnerable and supporting local foodbanks, through to delivering online courses for people on furlough and providing befriending services and online activities for older generations, the Foundation has played a pivotal role in keeping Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham communities safe during lockdown.

Speaking directly to the Foundation staff over Zoom, Parkinson gave them a few words of motivation, โ€œKeep going. Itโ€™s been really tough. I know weโ€™ve had a set-back in terms of the government announcement but I feel like that if things get done properly over the next few weeks, things will start to look better.

โ€œFor me, cycling was a big thing during the lockdown. I found that a great release. I wanted to use the lockdown to get myself fit and I got up most mornings and went out cycling or running. I really enjoyed that and Iโ€™ve done a lot of miles.

โ€œKeep yourself engaged in interesting things like hobbies, keep yourself active and have a focus each day. Weโ€™ll get through this together and come through this stronger.

Talking about the importance of the club and the Foundation in the community the former Reading midfielder said, โ€œOne thing Iโ€™ve always done, wherever Iโ€™ve been, is make sure the players are playing their part in the community. Itโ€™s absolutely crucial and Sunderland is a community club.

It really is at the heart of the city; the players understand that and I understand the importance of the club in the community.

โ€œItโ€™s a huge honour for the players and myself to represent the club and weโ€™ve got to clearly understand that. Weโ€™re representing a huge club and a big city and itโ€™s a responsibility that weโ€™re definitely aware of and I constantly remind the players of that.โ€

Parkinson was full of praise for the Foundationโ€™s home, the Beacon of Light โ€“ a state-of-the-art community hub based on Stadium Park, โ€œItโ€™s an incredible facility. Iโ€™d been at the club a

couple of months and got invited down and I was blown away by it. Itโ€™s just amazing. What a great facility it is for the people of Sunderland to use.

โ€œItโ€™s a level above what you get at most other clubs, not just Iโ€™ve worked at but Iโ€™ve been to, and itโ€™s important that it get utilised.โ€

Making a Difference

The Foundation matters to our communities now more than ever before and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has, and continues to, support us.

Sadly, the North East has one of the highest deprivation rates in the country, with a number of communities in the Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham living in the top 10% most-deprived areas in the UK.

For those communities, COVID-19 could spell disaster. For so many we are a vital lifeline, helping thousands to improve their lives.

Donate today by visiting JustGivingย or text FOLFIVE to 70085 to donate ยฃ5

24 September 2020

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