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Prices cut for fans fund

21 January 2014

We Are Wimbledon Night for Hartlepool match

An unbeatable offer of £10 entry to watch Wimbledon against Hartlepool United aims to provide a boost for the We Are Wimbledon Fund.

Supporters are being encouraged to make a donation to the fund run by supporters, which goes directly to Neal Ardley’s transfer budget. Last season, the initiative raised tens of thousands to strengthen the playing squad and We Are Wimbledon Night next Tuesday is another big push from organisers.

Dons fan Ray Armfield below talks about the importance of the scheme and how you can get involved:

We’re very proud of being owned by our supporters, and it’s a source of great strength, but it also comes with its challenges. Everything we do is driven by us. Whether it’s a new stand or our academy scheme, we’re responsible for it. And if we need to find money to ensure we can compete in this division, it’s up to all of us to pull together. We’ve already shown what we can do with five promotions in nine years. And that only tells half the story.

In the first eighteen months of the fund we raised just over £83,000, but projections indicate that figure will fall for the rest of 2014 unless we redouble our efforts.  to Neal Ardley’s playing budget.directly eventually aims to raise £400,000 a year (or more) through direct debits and one-off donations under the umbrella of The Dons Trust. This money is ring-fenced and will go We Are Wimbledon FundThe

money to take us out of the budget league relegation zone (currently the third lowest in the division, we believe).additionalThis is not about switching our generosity from other areas of the club. It is about generating

Tuesday night’s home game against Hartlepool United has been designated as “We Are Wimbledon Fund Night” and with admission prices reduced there are several ways you can become actively involved:

        · and still be saving £1 on the normal entrance price!£5,000 in one nightIf, for example, 1,000 home fans donate £5 of the £6 reduction applied to the usual cost of admission we could raise

        ·Additionally, a regular monthly donation can be made via direct debit. It could be £2.50 or £250 – whatever you feel is affordable – all contributors to the fund are viewed with the same gratitude. 227 fans (or less than 9% of Season Ticket holders) currently donate via this method. Will you help swell that figure? This is the single most powerful method from a budgeting perspective as they can be annualised due their certainty.

        ·You can donate either at the turnstiles as you enter the stadium, sign up to the quick-and-easy DD scheme with one of our volunteers and there will also be a bucket collection at half-time for any loose change. As one well-known supermarket likes to say; “Every little helps!”

        ·WAWF is currently looking into ways for overseas-based supporters to donate regularly too, and we will update you on this as soon as we can.

Wouldn’t it feel good to see a winning goal or a great save from a Dons player that you have directly helped to bring to the club? Or from a home-grown star like Jim Fenlon that your donation has enabled Wimbledon to develop via our ever-improving Academy system?

can make a difference.youWe all want the Dons to return home as a Football League club, but no-one is going to wave a magic wand to increase our playing budget – we don’t have an Arab sheikh or a Russian oligarch – it’s just us. Please see one of the WAWF fundraisers at Tuesday evening’s game for more information and details about how

 for the We Are Wimbledon Fund website and go to @wearewimbledon for the Twitter page.Fans Power Click on    to book online and make a donation. Hartlepool tickets Supporters can make a donation via bucket collections on Tuesday night or when buying tickets online. Click on  

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