- 09 February 2010 12:30
- Posted by Damaris Treasure
Charity and community work is at the heart of Manchester City.
We’re proud of the work that City fans do for charity and for the people of this community. The sheer volume of requests we receive for items to auction indicates the amazing generosity of our supporters. Since the season began in August 2009 we have donated a total of 618 items to 367 individuals, with the value of donations totalling nearly £11,000. This is an important part of our charitable giving, and we understand that the money raised from this £11,000 worth of goods can raise ten times that for the charities you choose to support.
The Club has two nominated charities each season, which for 2009/2010 are City in the Community and the New Children’s Hospital Appeal. As well as providing merchandise and publicity for these charities, we have a limited amount of signed merchandise each season available for other selected charities and individual fundraisers within the Greater Manchester region.
This season we’ve supported more than 300 different charities and organisations including: Support Our Soldiers, The Harley Slack Fund, Christies, North West Air Ambulance, Derian House Children’s Hospice and numerous local football teams and schools.
Over seventy members of City staff have played an active role in charity fundraising since the start of this season, undertaking some gruelling challenges to raise more than £30,000.
In October the Club donated £500,000 to the New Children’s Hospital Appeal, much of which came from heroic and generous fundraising efforts from staff and fans. This money has been used to provide an outdoor play area within the hospital grounds, and helped the hospital reach their £20 million target.
The Club has recently introduced a discount for all home matches for service personnel, and auctioned off the match-worn commemorative poppy shirts from the Burnley match to raise nearly £9,000 pounds for the British Legion.
Our charities department has offered six different charities the opportunity to do a match-day ground collection so far this season, with six more to come before May.
The players play a huge part in the Club’s fundraising. In December, Nedum Onuoha attended the CITC tea dance as a bingo caller, Roque Santa Cruz met with young business people for a Dragons’ Den style event and the whole squad went bowling for the looked-after children’s Christmas party.
For more information on our charity work, click here to be redirected to the Charities section of our website.