With a special flag placed on every seat in the stadium, fans waved the teams onto the Turf Moor pitch after an afternoon of awareness-raising and fundraising, driven by the two local charities. In the midday sunshine, an army of 60-strong volunteers led a stadium-wide bucket collection, encouraging fans to donate just one pound, the total of which will be split 50/50 between the two charities.
As the bucket collectors swept the stadium, younger fans enjoyed having their faces painted by local face painters and the well-loved Juice Samba Band helped to maintain the celebratory atmosphere.
Having lent their support to Community Day in the lead up to the fixture, the first team players warmed up in Community Day t-shirts and fans were able to access information about the impact of both charities via the Community Day-themed programme and the big screen.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer at Burnley FC in the Community said: “In the lead up to Community Day, we really felt the community get behind our efforts. From Wear Your Shirt Day on Friday to the support of our stadium-wide bucket collection on Sunday, thousands of people have contributed to the success of Community Day. As self-financing charities, we need the support of local people so we can continue to provide our vital services. I can’t thank everyone enough for their help and we’ll look forward to sharing the final fundraising total!”
Helen McVey, Chief Executive of Pendleside Hospice said
“We’d like to thank Burnley FC and all their supporters for getting behind Community Day and making it such a huge success. It was a fantastic event with a real celebratory atmosphere which are delighted to have been involved in. All funds raised from the day will go towards supporting the work of both charities.”
The total amount raised for Burnley FC in the Community and Pendleside Hospice is currently being calculated. The fundraising total will be announced at www.burnleyfccommunity.org and via Community’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Burnley FC in the Community thank official sponsors for the day, Oak Furniture Land, for helping to make Community Day happen and for their fantastic support.
Burnley FC in the Community is Burnley FC’s award-winning, official charity. Now delivering numerous community projects across East Lancashire including disability sport, employability courses, provision for senior citizens and young people in the most deprived local area, the charity is recognised as a leader in delivering impactful, inspiring community work.
Pendleside Hospice founded in 1988, provides care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families living in the local community of Burnley and Pendle; providing care within the inpatient unit, day service and outpatient department and in a person’s own home. Other services include complementary therapies, psychological support, family support, bereavement support, rehabilitation and spiritual care.