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Foundation staff aiming to help in the community at a difficult time

25 March 2020

The AFC Wimbledon Foundation are finding new ways of supporting the South West London community with their usual work having been put on hold.

Working with the club, foundation staff are calling senior Wimbledon season ticket holders to check in on them, see if there’s any help or support they need, or simply to have a chat.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, much of the work of the AFC Wimbledon Foundation cannot go ahead for the time being. This includes various school programmes, football courses, walking football and disability programmes. Staff and trustees of the Foundation were determined to find innovative ways that the Foundation could continue to support our community at this difficult time.

As well as the calls, foundation staff are also in touch with local councils to offer support to school hubs that are still caring for the children of key workers and to support the Dons Local Action Group with their collections and hotline.

Foundation Director, Philip Rudling said: “The safety of our staff, fans and community is our main priority, which is why, in line with Government advice, we paused all of our face to face activities last week.

“We know that this is a challenging time for all of us but particularly our older fans who are more likely to be socially isolated and vulnerable and less likely to have access to the internet to be able to shop online. We’re reaching out to as many of these supporters as possible to see if we can help them or simply to have a friendly phone call.”

The team will be calling through supporters in the coming days and offering regular calls to those who might need help. If you or a fan you know would welcome a phone call, you can e-mail their details to enquiries@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk or call 0203 301 4511 and one of the team will give them a call.


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