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16 June 2016

AFC Wimbledon Foundation team deliver food collected by supporters

Wimbledon supporters today received praise for helping out in the community after our Foundation team delivered 160 kilograms of food to a project that assists people in crisis.

Fans donated items at games towards the end of last season for the Wimbledon Foodbank with Foundation Director Kay Skelton and her staff today meeting volunteers at the High Path facility.

Following delivery of the items, Wimbledon Foodbank coordinator Corinne Marshall said: “I think it’s amazing that people can be enjoying a sporting event and choose to help a charity that will assist people in the community. It’s an example of people from Merton helping those less fortunate.

“Wimbledon Foodbank was started in 2011 and it has grown substantially since then with four centres now open six days a week. We have seen the community really respond to the need for food, toiletries, and other items. This donation from the club shows that when people love something they will give back to the community more because of that passion.”

The amount donated by our fans will be enough to feed 26 people in crisis over three days.

A total of 60 volunteers give up their time to volunteer at the Wimbledon Foodbank. As a club with a big volunteer base, it’s an aspect that resonates with Wimbledon supporters and staff.

Kay Skelton said: “It’s humbling to see every day the amount of time and effort that our volunteers put into their club. Similarly, we’ve met volunteers young and old at the Wimbledon Foodbank today and it proves that everyone can do it.

“The Dons Trust Board started the process of collecting food and the Foundation selected matches that we thought would get lots of donations. As always, our supporters have given very generously. In terms of the Foundation, we can help people in the community by collecting food, but also offer sporting opportunities for them.

“We are hoping to work with the Wimbledon Foodbank even more in the future, particularly in the run-up to Christmas, and maybe even donate toys and presents for the families who need them.”


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