Veterans in Sunderland who are struggling with the impact of Covid-19 are to benefit from a special fundraising drive inspired by the city’s footballing community
Wearside supporters’ groups, Sunderland Branch Liaison Council (BLC), and the Red and White Army have joined forces with Sunderland AFC to launch “Sunderland Together” which aims to raise vital funds for charities tackling food poverty, social isolation, poor mental health and unemployment.
Together they have nominated Veterans in Crisis, the Foundation of Light, The Salvation Army and Washington Mind to benefit from the campaign with all money raised being split equally to provide life-changing services during and after lockdown.
Jim Gilling, Chair of SAFC BLC said “The SAFC Branch Liaison Council (BLC) welcome the opportunity to be a part of the SAFC football family helping four well deserving causes that will assist the local community in as many ways as possible.
“We hope that our supporters’ branches and all SAFC supporters will get behind this campaign and raise as much funding as possible for these great causes.”
Andrew Hird from Red and White Army said “I am proud that the Sunderland football community is coming together to support these four fantastic causes. Each is working hard to support vulnerable and isolated parts of the community to ensure they are safe and well.
“Sunderland fans are so passionate about their community and have shown time and again that they will go the extra mile to help those in hard times. Let’s get behind this fantastic project to ensure that those who need our support have it when they need it most.”
Speaking about the campaign Sunderland AFC Manager Phil Parkinson said “This is a fantastic initiative by the supporters’ groups. Once again, our fans have shown that they will support each other, and those in need, when it matters most.
“I would encourage supporters to give what they can. Just £1 will make a difference to local lives and help to ensure that thousands of people across the region get the support they need.”
To make a donation visit the dedicated Sunderland Together fundraising page Click here to make a dontation.
The campaign is also using #SunderlandTogether across social channels, so show your support and help us tackle this crisis together.