We are delighted to announce that our special double bill last Saturday has raised a staggering £286,000 for St George’s Hospital Charity.
The Club hosted a legends match followed by a gala dinner at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, with both events proving to be a huge success. All funds raised will be donated to the Time for a Change appeal, which will create better facilities at St George’s Hospital in Tooting for children, their families and the staff.
With St George’s being our local hospital, a lot of our supporters will have benefited from the tireless work of its staff, so it’s a real source of pride that we’ve helped to raise £286,000.
Our Commercial Director Ivor Heller said: “When we built our stadium it was a real priority for it to be an asset for the community. Though the football will always be our bread and butter, supporting vital local causes is of paramount importance. I’ve benefited from the wonderful care provided by St George’s Hospital staff and so too have many of our supporters. To help raise this amount for the Time for a Change appeal makes me and the Club extremely proud. Thank-you to all those who helped us to stage this event.”
A big thanks to all those former Dons that played in the Legends match, plus celebrities - Harvey, previously of So Solid Crew, and ITV Racing’s Oli Bell, who compered the gala dinner after having a penalty saved by Seb Brown in the afternoon!
Sponsorship/donations and ticket sales from the legends match, plus an auction at the gala dinner on Saturday contributed to the overwhelming figure raised from the event. The Time for a Change appeal aims to raise the £5 million needed to create a better St George’s Hospital for generations of people to use in the future.
Sarah McCullough, Director of Fundraising at St George’s, said: “Our sincerest thanks to AFC Wimbledon for their unfailing support throughout. It was wonderful to see the Club’s fans, supporters and stakeholders getting behind our appeal, Time for a Change. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to raising the much-needed funds for our appeal. Our care is outstanding, but our facilities are not. With everyone’s help we know we can transform children’s services at St George’s.”