On Sunday, Slough Town Football Club hosted an event for the town’s homeless at Arbour Park, and it was a massive success, with over 50 guests in attendance.
Thanks to the contributions of individual volunteers, local companies and charitable organisations, our guests were able to enjoy a full Christmas lunch, hot showers, haircuts, treatment from a chiropodist, warm clothing and other essential items such as deodorants and toothpaste.
We would like to thank Slough Borough Council, The London and Slough Run and Slough Outreach for their support both in advance and on the day of the event.
Our thanks also go to Ahmadiyya Slough & South Bucks whose volunteers also attended, and Priestley Artisan Bakery, who provided bread and cakes.
We were inundated with offers of help from our existing team of volunteers as well as other Slough Town supporters and our four hairdressers and chiropodist, and we would like to thank them all for making the day run so successfully.
All leftover food, clothing and other items were donated to The Salvation Army with thanks to The London and Slough Run.
The event is a fantastic example of the club and its fans supporting its local community thanks to the help of its volunteers pulling together.
Our Community Engagement Manager, Mark Bailey commented:
“It was a real privilege to be involved in yesterday’s event for the homeless which not only shone a light on our club, but Slough as a whole.
“It has been very humbling to meet so many dedicated volunteers from organisations such as London and Slough Run and Slough Outreach and learn about the selfless work they do every day for the town’s homeless and vulnerable.
“I’d like to personally thank the huge team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the day a huge success – Keith, Tori, Katie T, Aneel, Cathy McGoldrick, Nealy, Holly and Mum, Katie B, Sian Price, Carloyn, Charlotte B and Mum, Grant, Poppy, Alix, The girls from Armstrong Hairdressers – Claire, Tina and Courtney, Bakes, Unders, Lenchy, Manny, The Togs, Michelle the podiatrist, colleagues at NFER for donating board games and anyone who donated clothes, books and toiletries.
“Many of these people have never been to a Slough Town game and it was an honour to work alongside them. It was great to hear so many say that they enjoyed the day and would love to do it again.”
Secretary Kay Lathey also added:
“We were totally blown away by the support from both within the club, but also from outside, with so many volunteers and incredible donations.
“All of this made the day a great success and we only hope that it went a little way to making what can be such a difficult time of year for so many, just a little easier.”
Images from the event can be viewed here, courtesy of Shin Dhother: click here for images.
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