Slough Town are delighted to nominate two local charities, The London and Slough Run (LASR) and Helen & Douglas House for FA Community Shield funding.
This year, we have chosen to split the proceeds between the two charities, with both receiving £1,000.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, it has not been feasible to present the two organisations with their cheques at home matches, but both have given their reaction to the award.
Slough Town has worked with LASR over the last few years, starting with members of our management and directors joining the Big Sleepout. Last year we hosted an event at Arbour Park a couple of days before Christmas where we provided a Christmas meal, hairdresser, chiropodist, food and other personal items and a bit of entertainment for the homeless with the support of LASR and Slough Outreach.
John Power, Chairman of LASR - Helping the Homeless and People in need commented:
"Slough Town FC are at the very heart of our community. The management, players and fans have supported us over many years in our efforts to help the homeless and vulnerable members of our community.
“This award from the Community Shield fund is very welcome at a time when our ability to fundraise has been curtailed and the demand for our service is rising.
“We are very grateful to all at the Club for their steadfast support and solidarity."
Helen & Douglas House provides hospice care and helps local families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby or child.
Alison Stone, Community Fundraising Manager at Helen & Douglas House commented:
“We want to thank you for your donation of £1,000 through the FA Community Shield in memory of Harry Stock; we greatly appreciate you supporting Helen & Douglas House - your support is needed now more than ever.
Your gift will help us to make a huge difference to the lives of our patients, like Max. Max visits Helen & Douglas House with Mum, Dad and sister, Martha.
Mum, Karen said: “We stay as a family and feel it gives us some quality time together with the support of all the staff. We get a couple of nights knowing Max is being cared for and we don’t need to listen out for every noise worrying if he is having a seizure and don’t have to rush in the morning knowing his medications will all be given.”
“Martha also loves our stays and all the facilities. We love taking Max in the spa and giving him all the benefits of the warm water with the staff on standby for any problems, to take photos and to get Max showered and dressed after makes it a relaxing and enjoyable experience.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown began, things have inevitably changed, but the hospice team is still there for Max and his family.
“We have been in regular contact with the hospice during lockdown for Max’s complex symptom management either directly - phone calls from the outreach nurses or indirectly via Max’s hospice at home team who are liaising weekly with the hospice to monitor his new medication and recent changes. We know we can call if we need to and the option is there for further support if we cannot manage his symptoms at home.“
Thank you once again for your gift. We need to raise £3.6 million each year to run our service, and 85% comes from people like you. Whether they are making a donation, taking part in an event, or remembering us in their will, they all make a valuable contribution to the care we provide.”
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