Over the last two home games, Whitehawk FC have had the pleasure to donate £2,000.00 to two local charities; Forward Facing and Chestnut Tree House, using funds from the FA Community Shield Fund.

The total money for the Community Shield Fund is raised from ticket money and profits from the sale of the match programmes at the 2016 FA Community Shield game between Leicester City and Manchester United, which was held at Wembley Stadium last August.

The FA Community Shield contribution to the fund amounted to 36% of the total match day income.

Each of the 124 clubs who participated in the FA Cup from the first-round proper onwards have been allocated an equal share of the fund to donate to community initiatives of their choice. The remainder of the fund will be donated to charities including The Bobby Moore Fund, Breast Cancer Care, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Royal British Legion.

Both Forward Facing and Chestnut Tree House are two local charities who aim to help support for young children in the Sussex Area.

Chestnut Tree House provides care and support to around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire. The cost of providing this vital service is over £3.5 million per year, yet the hospice receives less than 7% central government funding so relies heavily on the support of the local community to continue providing vital care to children and families.

Jo Smith from Chestnut Tree House said “We are so grateful to Whitehawk FC for their support. In addition to this generous donation, they have also taken part in a recent charity football match and are looking at other ways to work with us. As a charity, we need to raise £6,850 per day to provide all our specialist care services, both at the hospice and out in the community, so donations like this are invaluable.”

Forward Facing is a registered charity that provides creative and fun activities for children and young people with long term or life limiting conditions and their families, as well as local people who are disadvantaged in other ways. Through the use of workshops, they help to build memories, build confidence, and support families facing difficult times. They work with people of all ages and abilities and across gender, ethnicity and culture at schools, colleges, youth centres, hospices, hospitals and local community facilities, concentrating on Brighton and Hove, and into East and West Sussex.

They help create memories by providing special Memory Making Days, fun days out for the whole family and also by arranging a variety events for families and friends to attend together. They also look after carers by providing Pamper Days and access to football tickets.

If you would like any more information on these two charities, or information on how you can get involved to help please see the links here:

Chestnut tree house: www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

Forward Facing: www.forwardfacing.co.uk

Top Picture – Project manager of Forward Facing Candice Konig with Club Captain Sergio Torres and Top Goal-Scorer Danny Mills being presented with the cheque prior to the St Albans game on Saturday 15th April with Club President Chris Gargan. (Photo: Jane Stokes)

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Above – Chestnut Tree House community fundraiser Jo Smith with Club Captain Sergio Torres and Top Goal-Scorer Danny Mills being presented with the cheque prior to the Poole Town game Saturday 22nd April with Club President Chris Gargan and Joint-Owner John Summers. (Photo: David Pillman.)