Whitehawk’s ‘Ultras’, and campaigning organisation, ‘Non-League For Grenfell’ have successfully raised funds from Whitehawk fans and football fans around the country, to enable children & volunteers affected by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower last year to a day out at the seaside, including tickets, hospitality and mascot packages at Whitehawk’s Bostik Premier League game against Haringey Borough on Saturday, September 15, kick off 3pm.
Non-League For Grenfell, created by Hawk’s fan Andrew Hughes-Boynton, set up the ‘Gofundme’ page in August, and in partnership with Tasha Brade from Justice4Grenfell, and Sean Mendez from Solidarity Sports, the twenty children and ten volunteers will arrive in the City around midday, enjoy a fish & chip lunch at Brighton’s famous Bardsley’s Restaurant, visit the iconic Palace Pier, and will be at Whitehawk’s TerraPura Ground for the game.
Tasha Brade from Justice4Grenfell said;
“We are honoured to have been working alongside Non-League For Grenfell to help organise this day out for children and volunteers of a local Children’s charity in West London – Solidarity Sports, a small charity that works with vulnerable children in our area. Solidarity Sports lost an entire family of 5 on the night of the 14 June 2017, and their children and volunteers were deeply affected by this. We would like to thank everyone involved in making this day happen. It is true that happy memories can bring solace in the hardest of times. Thank you to Non-League For Grenfell for their fundraising and organising and to Whitehawk FC, an incredible club that stands for exactly what Football should be about, for allowing us to come and see you play — we’re looking forward to a wonderful day.”
Sean Mendez from Solidarity Sports said:
“We’d like to give our most sincere thanks to all the fans, players and staff at Whitehawk Football Club and Justice For Grenfell for making this special day happen. For us, it will be a day of mixed emotions. Our children will enjoy the thrill of walking out onto the pitch with the players. We’ll also be thinking of our Hashim Family, and especially football-mad Yahya, who we still think of every day. He would have given us his big toothy grin knowing we’ll be walking onto the pitch with him in our hearts.”
Andrew Hughes-Boynton from Non-League For Grenfell said;
“This is going to be a great day out – I can’t thank enough those who have offered to help on the day. It’s really been overwhelming and the support is truly wonderful. We started back in May and this will be our first big organised event so it’s been all hands on deck but a great experience! I’m looking forward to what’s going to be a wonderful day out and something I hope we will all cherish for years to come.”
For Whitehawk Football Club, Head of Commercial Kevin Miller said:
“On behalf of everyone at Whitehawk Football club I’d like to welcome Tasha and Sean, the children & volunteers, and hope they all have a wonderful day. I would also like to place on record how incredibly proud we are of our Ultras, and Andrew in particular. The Ultras actively promote the club’s stance on anti-homophobia, anti-sexism, anti-racism and non-violence. Their passion, dedication and hard work in setting this up demonstrates that Whitehawk Football Club is a very special place to be right now! ”