Sussex County Football Association has raised £2,400 for the NSPCC’s ChildLine service at the Sussex Community Shield match.
The sum was presented to the children’s charity this week after Eastbourne Borough FC beat Horsham FC 3 – 0 on Tuesday 2 August.
The football association is supporting Childline’s 30 for 30 initiative. The aim is to encourage 30 companies across Sussex to raise £2,000 as Childline celebrates its 30th anniversary.
It takes £2,000 to recruit and train one ChildLine volunteer and fund the first 100 calls they answer.
Francis McAllister, NSPCC Head of Community and Events attended the event. He said, “I would like to say a sincere thank you to the Sussex County FA for choosing to support NSPCC and our Childline service during its 30th anniversary.
“The NSPCC has a long association with the FA going back 20 years. Working together we are helping to keep children in football safe.”
Ken Benham, Chief Executive of the Sussex County FA, added, “We are absolutely delighted to have raised such a fantastic amount in support the NSPCC’s ChildLine service.
“Our thanks go to the local business that supported the event and to the fans who embraced the fundraising activities pitch-side in support of the NSPCC – it was a great way to kick-off the Sussex football season!”
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