Sunderland AFC and Sunderland BID teamed up to raise funds and awareness of mental health issues in the North East.
SAFC U23 players Jack Connolly and Williams Kokolo joined mascots Samson and Delilah for a bucket collection in Market Square with generous shoppers donating hundreds of pounds towards the Foundation’s Give A Quid campaign.
Local branches of Costa, Nationwide, Wilko’s and Santander also gave their backing, with all funds enhancing the Foundation’s work to improve people’s mental health through its award-winning sport, health, education and employability programmes.
We would like to thank Sunderland BID, the businesses based in Market Square and the members of the public who donated for their generosity.
Our programmes make a real difference to those affected by mental health issues, giving them a new and positive outlook on life, and the money raised through the Give A Quid campaign will allow us to support even more people in our community.
Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations at Sunderland BID, added: “We are delighted to support the work of the Foundation – particularly in the crucial area of mental health.
“This is an issue which affects our whole community so it’s great to see shoppers and businesses within the city centre giving it their backing, too.”
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
There are lots of ways to get involved.
A downloadable fundraising pack is available on the Foundation of Light website for businesses or supporters’ groups who would like to get involved in the days leading up to the game. Businesses who support the campaign can also receive visits from Sunderland AFC mascots Samson and Delilah, and Foundation of Light social media team.
Stuck for ideas? Why not organise a red and white day at work? Or get out of the office at lunch time and enjoy a “wellbeing walk”? Or maybe get together to chat over lunch with friends and colleagues?
Donations can be made in person at the Beacon of Light, text FOLQUID to 70085 or donate online via www.foundationoflight.co.uk.
Written By CHRIS FRYATT
16 April 2019