Local Sussex charity Chailey Heritage Foundation is hoping that the forthcoming Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea match held this Saturday 20 January is a game to remember in more ways than one. The Sussex charity, that educates and cares for over 220 children and young people with complex disabilities and high health needs, is undertaking a number of fundraising activities on match day to raise funds to help build its D.R.E.A.M. Centre, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment centre.
Amongst other charity initiatives such as donating on the day to Chailey Heritage’s designated charity collectors, home and away supporters can take the Chailey Heritage Wheelchair Penalty Shootout Challenge. Played in the Fan Zone before the match, participants will get the chance to experience wheelchair football and try to score a goal against Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Physical Inclusion Communication Liaison Co-ordinator, Al Carter, who will be in goal, and in a wheelchair. Whoever scores the most goals will be in with a chance of winning a signed Brighton & Hove Albion Football.
For those less adventurous, but just as passionate about the game, they can bid to win a BHAFC shirt and football, both signed by all the players of Brighton & Hove Albion. For the chance to win, fans need to login into the special eBay auction at https://www.chf.org.uk/Seagulls.html.
And, finally there is also the opportunity to show their support for the glorious game as well as Chailey Heritage Foundation by texting GOAL18 £3 to 70070.
The proceeds from the partnership with the Brighton & Hove Albion FC will allow the children and the young adults at Chailey Heritage Foundation to realise their sporting dreams with the building of its D.R.E.A.M. Centre. (Dynamic, Real, Experiential, Amazing, Magical) Centre. A state-of-the-art, purpose built environment, the D.R.E.A.M. Centre will be a space where the whole Chailey Heritage community can come together to undertake sports such as wheelchair football, celebrate achievements, show off talents and broaden their horizons. Chailey Heritage Foundation is still fundraising for the last £400,000 and is inviting those who would like to donate to visit www.thedreamcentreappeal.org.uk/
Sally-Anne Murray, Head of Fundraising at Chailey Heritage Foundation comments, “We are so delighted to be partnering with Brighton & Hove Albion football club at the Chelsea match, and are sure it will be an incredible game on all fronts. Fundraising opportunities like this are so important to us at Chailey Heritage as it raises the awareness of the amazing children and young people who come to Chailey Heritage as well as bringing in essential funds to help build facilities to help enhance their health and wellbeing.”
Martin Perry executive director of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and chair of trustees for Albion in the Community (AITC) continues, “BHAFC and Albion in the Community have enjoyed a long-term relationship with Chailey Heritage Foundation. This includes an annual wheelchair and powerchair football tournament, the Julie Hodder Cup, that includes teams from AITC and Chailey and raises money for both charities, and AITC coaches delivering wheelchair football sessions at Chailey. It’s great for the club to be able to extend this relationship to help raise funds for them to build facilities such as the D.R.E.A.M Centre.”
For more information visit www.chf.org.uk.