SUNDERLAND AFC has passed on thousands of pounds to a disability charity in memory of a much-missed former goalkeeper and coach.
The Black Cats nominated the Percy Hedley Foundation to receive £2,000 as part of the club’s money from the FA Community Shield.
Three of the foundation’s service users, Daryn Robinson, Ben Travis and Mark Smith, accepted the cheque from Sunderland hero Jimmy Montgomery and current players Wes Brown and Emanuele Giaccherini, prior to Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Southampton earlier this month.
The donation will go towards the charity’s Tim Carter Appeal, to build a new state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool for disabled children and adults in Killingworth, North Tyneside.
The campaign was launched in September 2008 in memory of former Sunderland player Tim, whose son, Jensen, attends Percy Hedley School.
The pool, which will cost £1.2million, is part of a bigger £4million project that includes a 26-bed children’s residential unit, and will be filled with warm water that helps relieve joint pain.
A lot of our service users are big Sunderland fans so we are extremely grateful and proud to continue our association with one of the region’s Premier League teams.Des Bustard, head of capital fund-raising at Percy Hedley Foundation
Des Bustard, of the foundation, said: “We would like to thank Sunderland AFC for their continued support of the foundation.
“Their donation of £2,000 will go a long way to help us realise our dream of providing children and adults with a new hydrotherapy pool.
“A lot of our service users are big Sunderland fans, so we are extremely grateful and proud to continue our association with one of the region’s Premier League teams.”