Leagues New Charity

by Scott Thornberry - 21st September 2009

leagues new charity

The Football League has confirmed that 'Help for Heroes' will be its Official Charity Partner for the 2009/10 season.

Founded in the summer of 2007, Help for Heroes raises funds for all members of the Armed Forces injured whilst serving their country.

Chosen following a vote on the official Football League website, the charity was picked by football fans from five shortlisted candidates.

The Bobby Moore Fund, Care of Police Survivors, Everyman, Marie Curie and Help for Heroes all went head-to-head in the week-long vote which saw a staggering 25,000 fans nominate their favoured organisation. The top two causes were then passed to the League Board who made the final decision to choose Help for Heroes.

"I am delighted to have Help for Heroes as our Official Charity Partner," said Football League Chairman, Lord Mawhinney. "The Football League is dedicated to helping good causes and the work done by Help for Heroes is hugely relevant to our lives today.

"The Football League's unprecedented reach across the UK will assist Help for Heroes to raise awareness, funds and provide Armed Forces with the opportunity to see live matches.

"Help for Heroes has always been an organisation that I and our clubs have supported in practice and I am thrilled that The Football League is working to help such a great cause."

As the Official Charity Partner, Help for Heroes will have an unrivalled exposure across The Football League, where clubs already have countless initiatives in place supporting the Armed Forces.

The partnership will add to this passionate work currently underway that includes fund raising and the provision of matchday tickets for members of the Armed Forces and their families throughout England and Wales. The Armed Forces will also be honoured at the prestigious Coca-Cola Football League Play-Offs Finals at Wembley with more than 300 troops receiving VIP treatment, including a lap of honour and a stadium-wide standing ovation before kick-off.

Help for Heroes co-founder, Bryn Parry said: "Thank you to everyone at The Football League. Your support will make a huge difference to some incredible Heroes. The Football League will help us provide direct and practical support for our injured service personnel. We may not be able to prevent our blokes from being wounded, but together we can help them get better.

"We wish you all the very best for the upcoming season and look forward to seeing you very soon. Thank you from all at Help for Heroes."

The huge response from fans has encouraged the Board to take the unprecedented step of naming Marie Curie, runner up to Help for Heroes, as the Official Partner for the 2010/11 campaign

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Hilly - 21st September 2009 15:22:44

Fantastic. Really good to hear.

alleztfc - 21st September 2009 18:25:28

:thumbup:

ShrewsX - 21st September 2009 21:13:18

Hilly wrote:
Fantastic. Really good to hear.


I agree, fantastic cause.

But I also don't see why the League has to have one "official charity", surely it could have raised equal amounts of money/publicity for various causes? What does it mean to be an "official charity".
Does this mean that the clubs in the league need special permission to hold charity events for other causes?

Perhaps BishQuaker can explain?

Shrews

RH79 - 22nd September 2009 10:10:51

That is good news! A worthy cause (there shouldnt even be the need for such a charity - the care and facilities they offer should be a given for the forces!)

BishopQuaker - 22nd September 2009 10:44:31

I'd imagine that if Help for Heroes is the official charity of the Football Leauge they will probably be able to get a collection at any of the grounds in the football league and the club will have to work around them.

That's one possibility anyway, but when you consider that loads of the clubs in the football Leauge (Derby, Preston to name a couple) have their own charities which they support, I'm not sure this will go down to well with them if thats the case.
Many clubs ask their fans which charities they would like to support for the forthcoming season so if they see one they haven't said they would support, that could cause problems.

You'd hope it wouldn't but you never know. I can certainly see it being a conflict of interests. Especially when I'm fairly sure one club has chosen the Royal British Legion.

On a side note, I'm miffed I didn't get in there first!
Well done to H4H.

grytters - 22nd September 2009 16:43:43

BishopQuaker wrote:
I'd imagine that if Help for Heroes is the official charity of the Football Leauge they will probably be able to get a collection at any of the grounds in the football league and the club will have to work around them.

That's one possibility anyway, but when you consider that loads of the clubs in the football Leauge (Derby, Preston to name a couple) have their own charities which they support, I'm not sure this will go down to well with them if thats the case.
Many clubs ask their fans which charities they would like to support for the forthcoming season so if they see one they haven't said they would support, that could cause problems.

You'd hope it wouldn't but you never know. I can certainly see it being a conflict of interests. Especially when I'm fairly sure one club has chosen the Royal British Legion.

On a side note, I'm miffed I didn't get in there first!
Well done to H4H.



I can't see there'd be a great problem in reconciling support for the RBL and H4H, tbh.


Especially as the latter promote the Legion on their own website. (along with other service charities)



http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/service_charities.html

Darlo_Chris - 22nd September 2009 19:47:30

I wonder if the club/supporters club could get a batch of Help for Heroes wristbands to sell to people. Am sure they would be very popular.

ShrewsX - 23rd September 2009 01:21:58

RH79 wrote:
That is good news! A worthy cause (there shouldnt even be the need for such a charity - the care and facilities they offer should be a given for the forces!)


Same goes for Air Ambulance and Lifeboats. There are somethings that I feel the government should be running for the good of the people. And a lot of things they do contribute to that they shouldn't.

Shrews

wylam_rangers - 23rd September 2009 09:49:42

ShrewsX wrote:
RH79 wrote:
That is good news! A worthy cause (there shouldnt even be the need for such a charity - the care and facilities they offer should be a given for the forces!)


Same goes for Air Ambulance and Lifeboats. There are somethings that I feel the government should be running for the good of the people. And a lot of things they do contribute to that they shouldn't.

Shrews


I know what you mean - but most things that governments touch become corrupt and I think that charities are best left in the hands of those who really care about them. If they were government run we'd pay for them with increased general taxation - I prefer to support my charities (including those you mention) knowing that there is at least half a chance of the money getting to them.

BishopQuaker - 23rd September 2009 14:34:21

Well if you give money to us it'll deffo get to us.

We don't get any money from the Government...

Or the National Lottery...

Or the NHS...

Or Comic Relief...

Or Children in Need...

Which is a bit s*** considering we're a children's cancer research charity but there y'go.