A local children’s hospice has announced a three-year partnership with Sussex County Women’s and Girls Football League (SCWGFL).
Chestnut Tree House has joined forces with the SCWGFL, which includes local clubs such as Eastbourne Borough, Eastbourne Girls, Eastbourne Town and Seahaven Harriers.
The newly-formed partnership will see teams within the league organised and take part in various fundraising activities for the children’s hospice, as well as raising awareness of the charity in Eastbourne and Seaford.
Tony Lelliott, vice chairman of the SCWGFL, said, “We are proud to announce this exciting partnership to support the invaluable work of Chestnut Tree House.
“The SCWGFL has 90 teams in the league and we are just entering into our tenth anniversary year, with clubs spread across Sussex.
“Our aim is to get all the clubs to participate in a variety of fundraising activities for Chestnut Tree House during the next three years. It’s going to be a really fun and rewarding time.”
Caroline Roberts-Quigley, community fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House, said, “This partnership is really exciting and I am grateful to Tony and all of the players and clubs who will be supporting us. With clubs located across Sussex, this initiative will really help to raise awareness of Chestnut Tree House, which is the only children’s hospice in Sussex.
“We provide specialist care services to 300 children and young people aged 0 - 19 with life-shortening and life-threatening illnesses in East Sussex.
“It costs well over £3 million each year to provide all our care services. Families are never charged for their care and the hospice receives less than eight per cent of this cost from central government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of local communities.
“Happy 10th anniversary to the SCWGFL and thank you to all the clubs who will be showing their support.”
The SCWGFL kicked off on Sunday, September 12 2004 after the Sussex County Football Association was asked by the FA to set up a women’s league for the 2004/05 season.
The league began with 17 adult teams and 38 girl clubs and has continued to expand ever since.
For details, visit www.scwgfl.com. For more information about Chestnut Tree House, see www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.