Sunderland fans dig deep to help children’s charity NSPCC

Volunteers from Grundfos and Newcastle University at the Stadium of Light.
Volunteers from Grundfos and Newcastle University at the Stadium of Light.
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A collection to support the most vulnerable children in Sunderland has raised almost £1,600.

More than 50 volunteers collected money from SAFC supporters at the Stadium of Light game against Manchester City earlier this month.

A total of £1,589 was raised for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)’s services on Wearside.

Volunteers came from pump manufacturer Grundfos, who have a large site in Castletown, and Newcastle University’s Rag Society.

Catherine Attwell, HR director at Grundfos, said: “We’ve raised thousands of pounds over recent months for the NSPCC and members of staff were happy to volunteer to collect money for the charity at the stadium.

Nihad Cehic, community fundraising manager for the NSPCC, said: “We simply could not have done this collection without the support shown to us from the staff at Grundfos Manufacturing and the volunteers from Newcastle University RAG Society.

“I have always found Sunderland fans to be incredibly generous people and I am delighted by how much we have raised for the NSPCC’s services through this collection.

“I was amazed by the army of volunteers that they were able to provide and their enthusiasm despite the cold and windy conditions. They were incredible.”

The money raised will help fund the NSPCC’s Schools Service in Sunderland, which has already helped more than 8,200 children in the city to understand abuse and how to stay safe.

The charity aims to deliver the service in all schools across the North East every two years.