Shrivenham have agreed a two-year charity partnership with Fatboys, which will get underway for the 2020-21 season.
Mike Rees, Chairman of the charity said: “Fatboys Charity was established in 1999 in memory of PC Mike ‘Fatboy’ Lawless who was serving police officer in Swindon who sadly passed away at the age of just 31, from cancer. The charity helps children who are battling with cancer and leukaemia and we do this by purchasing Christmas gifts for them which helps raise their spirits during a difficult time. Quite often, the families of those children can be financially affected as parents have to give up work in order to facilitate almost daily transport to and from hospital for treatment so the charity can take a little bit of the strain from them at what can be an even more difficult time of the year for everyone involved. Over the past 21-years we have helped thousands of children, and what started off as helping local children has now spread to being able to help children throughout the UK.”
As previously advertised, the club will use this year’s upcoming August Scarecrow Trail in support of last season’s chosen charity, Pennyhooks Farm, however the club will then begin to focus its fundraising efforts on the new partnership with Fatboys.
Continuing, Mike said: “We are truly humbled by Shrivenham’s decision to adopt us as their chosen charity for the next two years. In these difficult times everyone is financially affected, especially charitable organisations, so to have this support means we are able to carry on the work we do. We have seen the excellent work that the football club have done within the community during this pandemic and have been impressed with their strong response to the need for help from certain sections of the local community. This makes them a very attractive partner for us and with their flourishing youth section, linking up with them will give us a far wider audience so we are extremely grateful for their support.”
Shrivenham Chairman Matt Hirst was equally as delighted with the link up and added: “It goes without saying that the Fatboys charity does some exceptionally important fundraising for children affected by cancer. This is a disease that we all - almost without exception, have been touched by and being a parent to three children and having seen my own dad lose his battle with the disease, it is also something that has had a direct impact on my life. It was harrowing to see what dad went through so I can only imagine how families must feel seeing their children facing the same situation, it is almost unbearable to think about, but those people are out there so if we can help in our own little way, there’s no question that we should get involved.”
Visitors at our second Beer, Cider & Gin Festival back in February would have seen promotion for Fatboys Charity after they were kind enough to sponsor a barrel of beer at the event, so the new partnership is the perfect fit for the club and we have committed to holding at least three fundraising events each year to aid their efforts so watch this space for events and we welcome everyone’s support to help us raise as much money as possible for such a great cause.
You can find out more about Fatboys Charity by visiting their website at: www.fatboyscharity.co.uk