Lifelong Margate fans Lesley, David and Alan Swinnock have funded the new sponsorship deal in order to help raise awareness of Pilgrims services, as well as making an additional donation to Margate Football Club.
As well as funding the deal the Swinnock family have also paid for an advertising board in support of Pilgrims Hospices at Hartsdown Park.
We are delighted to be able to help support the hospice. It is something that is personal to us because of the support we have received from them in the past, so it is nice to be able to give something back to them.”
Pilgrims Hospices is a charity providing care free of charge for people with illnesses that cannot be cured across east Kent. Its services are also available for carers – be they family or friends.
Care is provided from Pilgrims three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients’ homes and in the community. This autumn the charity launched a new service to help people with a life limiting illness to access the support they need earlier. The Wellbeing and Social Programme is free for anyone in the later stages of a life limiting illness and aims to enhance their wellbeing in mind and body.
Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager, said: “To keep delivering care to those that need it the most, Pilgrims has to raise in excess of £14 million each year. We are really grateful for this amazing support from the Club, and from the Margate community. Together we can really make a difference.”
Match day will involve fundraising activities throughout the day including a half time penalty shootout which supporters can get involved in, bucket collections, mascot race and a raffle for your chance to win a new away shirt signed by the first team.
Margate General Manager Claire Hall is looking forward to the day and recognises that the Club has a role to play within the local community.
“We are very excited to be getting behind Pilgrims Hospices and this will be a real family fun day for everyone to enjoy as well as helping raising vital funds for such an important local cause.”
“Everyone in our community knows of someone that has either used this service or been affected by it, and as a club we have a really important role to play in the community and this is a sign that we are serious about supporting our community like they have supported us over the years.”