Fantastic response to Foundation’s February Fundraiser

Fantastic response to Foundation’s February Fundraiser

South Shields FC Foundation is delighted to report that its February Fundraiser proved to be a massive success, raising over £5,000 to be split between the Foundation and Cancer Connections.

The challenge to Foundation parents, junior players and coaches was to walk or run as far as they could, as often as they could during February with the aim of covering a cumulative 28,000 kilometres in 28 days.

They were joined in numbers by first-team players as well as players and staff from the 16-19 Academy and Futures Academy, and club staff, supporters and sponsors.

Foundation Manager Steve Camm said: “This started out as a very ambitious challenge with the dual purpose of encouraging people to stay active through lockdown and to raise funds for the Foundation and Cancer Connections.

“The response was overwhelming, with hundreds of people taking up the challenge to help us achieve our targets both in terms of fundraising and distance covered.

“This was a fantastic joint effort with individuals as well as whole families taking part. Even family dogs got in on the act.”

The initial fundraising target of £2,800 was passed within the first two weeks and thanks to the generosity of more than 200 people, the fund went on to almost double its target.

Each week over 300 people recorded and submitted their distances, some small and some large, which together pushed through the 28,000km mark on the final weekend despite the impact of heavy snow during week two.

The highest individual contributor was Daniel Prince with an unbelievable 841km made up of runs, long walks and laps of his living room.

Our largest family group contribution was about the same distance as Dan’s effort and was recorded by Under-13s coach Michael Rowan and his family, who also raised a fantastic £880 in the process.

There are too many incredible efforts to name check everyone. It was a team effort with every contribution, however big or small, needed to complete the challenge.

We’d like to thank each and every one of our participants and contributors. We hope you’re feeling good having taking part in a physical activity challenge during lockdown and/or contributed to the fundraising effort. They are two things we know that support people’s mental health and well-being, the main charitable purpose of the Foundation’s community work.

The proceeds will be shared with Cancer Connections, a beneficiary charity of RosieFest, which is scheduled to take place at Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare on July 3rd, 2021.

The Foundation Just Giving Page is still open for last minute donations and can be accessed by clicking here.