Blackpool Football Club’s festive fundraiser, in conjunction with the Club’s Community Trust, has raised an incredible £82,622.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the fans, local businesses and organisations, staff and players for enabling us to raise this amount.
This means that the Trust can now go beyond its initial pledge of providing Christmas presents to at least 700-800 Primary School children in Blackpool who would have otherwise gone without.
Your donations, which totalled £41,311, vastly exceeded the fundraising target of £25,000 and will now be matched by the staff and partners of Segantii Capital Management, Simon Sadler and his wife Gillian, taking the overall amount generated to £82,622.
Thanks to your generosity we will now be able to supply:
- 855 gifts to Primary School children in Blackpool;
- 200 gifts to BetterStart Blackpool for children up to the age of four;
- 168 gifts to Primary School children across other local areas, such as Thornton, Cleveleys, Poulton and St Annes; and
- 241 gift vouchers to Secondary School children in Years 7 and 8 across Blackpool.
We will also continue to reach out to local schools and organisations to investigate ways of extending this initiative further.
Due to the incredible response, it is likely that there will be monies left over. We will ring fence these funds and utilise them to finance other initiatives for this group of children throughout 2021.
Owner Simon Sadler said:
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that donated. I am humbled by the way that the town and wider community has come together to support this initiative. It gives me an immense sense of pride to see our fans, local businesses and all at the Club and Trust, particularly in this most testing of years, working collectively to address these issues and helping us to go way beyond what we first envisaged.”
Community Trust CEO Ashley Hackett added:
“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect so many people to support our campaign. I would like to thank you all for your support and generosity. One of the most heart-warming parts has been reading everyone’s comments when donating.
“The fundraiser has become something much more successful than we expected and now gives us the opportunity to impact so many more children in our town and community.”