SSFC Foundation benefits from generous donations at Sunderland-Oxford game

SSFC Foundation benefits from generous donations at Sunderland-Oxford game

A tremendous £3,500 was donated to the SSFC Foundation after a bucket collection was held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light last Saturday.

The collection took place ahead of the match between Sunderland and Oxford United, and the funds raised will be used to pay this year’s league fees for the Foundation’s junior teams (£3,480).

Finance is a constant challenge for the Foundation, a registered charity, but it is trying to minimise its dependence on any kind of grant funding to ensure that it has sustainable income streams – meaning it can continue to be a fundamental part of the club’s development plans, especially the potential development and operation of the new Community Hub.

Last year it cost in the region of £60,000 to run the Foundation’s activity programmes. About half of that money is donated by parents with the other half coming from generous sponsors, benefactors and fundraising.

Perhaps the most enterprising collector at the Stadium of Light was Layton Sykes (Under-8s). Layton spotted Sunderland player Duncan Watmore outside the ground and posed for a photo, cheekily suggesting that Duncan would have to make a contribution of £2 into the bucket to have his photo taken with a South Shields player!

Foundation players, parents and coaches arrived back at Mariners Park at half-time in the Nantwich Town game, just in time to see the four second half goals.

The Foundation would like to like to thank the fans and supporters of Sunderland AFC and Oxford United for their generous donations, as well as Sunderland City Council and Sunderland AFC for allowing the collection to take place.

The collection was the brainchild of Under-11s parent Jeanette Bradbury, who is on the left of the main picture, so particular thanks go to her.

If you would like to find out more about the Foundation or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Steve.Camm@southshieldsfc.co.uk