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Season 2010/11

Club charities of the year announced

  • 07 September 2010 15:50
  • Posted by Rosie Bass

Manchester City FC is delighted to announce that The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, St Ann’s Hospice and Guide Dogs for the Blind will join the club’s own community scheme, City in the Community, as Manchester City’s nominated Charities of the Year for the 2010/11 season.

Charities were invited to apply via the club’s website earlier this summer before fans, staff and supporters of the individual charities were invited to vote for the charity of their choice from a shortlist compiled by the club’s Charities Committee.

Each of the five charities will receive a grant of up to £25,000 to fulfil the project or specific outcome for which they applied, along with profile-raising player appearances, signed merchandise and club media support.

The five charities are:

The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT)
CAFT provides holidays and daytrips for approximately 3,000 terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children every year. CAFT will use their grant to provide a week-long holiday for 45 children from the Manchester area at the farm. During their stay the children will take part in a bespoke programme of activities including Arts & Crafts, Rebound Therapy, Music, Multi-Sensory Play, Sports and Animal Care. Visit www.childrensadventurefarm.org.uk

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity raises funds to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research, enhancing the lives of thousands of children each year. Their grant will fund the production of an animated DVD for patients of all ages, designed to prepare children and parents in an entertaining and informative manner, and to describe to the family what they can expect to encounter, during their stay at the hospital. This will be the first time a UK hospital has created such a DVD. Visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk 

Maurice Watkins, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, commented:  “We are delighted that Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity has been selected and that we will be able to continue to work in partnership with Manchester City Football Club.  “Thanks to the club and their supporters we will be able to make a difference to children and their families by helping to prepare them for their time in hospital.”

St Ann’s Hospice
St Ann’s Hospice works to improve the quality of life for those with life-threatening illnesses, while supporting their families and carers. Volunteer drivers for St Ann’s currently use their own vehicles to collect and return patients but due to the specific nature of some of the illnesses, specialist transport must be provided. Their grant from CITC Giving will enable them to purchase a specially modified van to use as an ambulance. Visit www.sah.org.uk

Guide Dogs for the Blind
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They also campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research. Manchester City will be sponsoring five dogs for the first year of their training. Visit www.guidedogs.org.uk

City in the Community (CITC)
Using the power of football to effect key social and economic change, CITC aims to engage the community in three key areas, namely Football, Youth and Aspirations. Last season CITC’s 20 full time members of staff delivered a range of football based programmes around health, social inclusion and skills and enterprise, engaging with over 200,000 people throughout the Manchester City Region.
 
From providing free football coaching during school holidays to helping young people gain qualifications in business based on the running of a Premier League football club, CITC makes a real difference to the lives of the people with whom it works.
 
As it enters its 25th year, the support from CITC Giving will help the community scheme to have an even greater impact on the club’s community.
 
City will also be working with the remaining three charities from the CITC Giving shortlist, providing a maximum grant of £10,000 towards their project. These are:

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice
Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults, serving a population of 230,000 people from Oldham and the surrounding areas. Dr Kershaw’s will use their grant to purchase a Nimbus Contour bed, a specialist electric bed which is an absolute necessity for patients. Visit www.drkershawshospice.org.uk

4CT Limited
4CT is a charitable company that works in partnership with a range of voluntary and statutory agencies to improve the quality of life for residents of Manchester. Their grant will help to fund a project called 8-2-88, focusing on children and older people, and aimed at reducing misperceptions and negative stereotypes across the generations by allowing participants to organise their own activities together. Visit www.4ct.org.uk

Community Transport Manchester
Community Transport Manchester provides low cost, accessible passenger transport to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations, bringing people and opportunities together to help transform lives and build better communities. Driver licensing regulations mean that younger drivers cannot drive many of their vehicles due to their gross vehicle weight and youth groups are therefore restricted to using Community Transport drivers, which increases the cost to them. The CITC Giving grant will help towards the cost of an appropriate vehicle for young people to drive. Visit www.communitytransport.org
 
CITC Giving is the new charitable-giving arm of the club’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy. Proactive local charities and not-for-profit organisations were invited to submit an application for the club’s support for a project that they felt would enable them to make a lasting and positive impact on the community in Greater Manchester.

The club will be fundraising for our chosen charities throughout the year, with a variety of events and activities to be announced in the coming weeks and months. Fans and staff are also encouraged to hold their own events in support of the winning organisations, with the club providing support and publicity for these efforts through our own media channels.

Garry Cook, Chief Executive of Manchester City, said:
“Manchester City has a long and proud history of serving our community, through the excellent work of City in the Community and also through the many successful relationships we have built with local charities and good causes throughout the region. We were overwhelmed by the response from fans to the voting process and are delighted at the active involvement from the public. We’re excited to be working with the charities chosen by the fans on these projects that will have a real and lasting impact on our local community.”

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