Sunderland AFC hopes for silverware at charity awards

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SUNDERLAND Football Club bosses are hoping to finally land some silverware now their charitable foundation has been shortlisted for an award.

The Foundation of Light has been named as one of eight finalists in the best community scheme category at this year’s Football Business Awards.

The charity, which helps about 42,000 people across the North East every year, is competing against entries from football’s top flight, including Fulham and West Ham, as well as other big names in the sporting industry.

The winner of the category will be named alongside more than a dozen other champions at a ceremony at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge on Thursday, November 7.

Lesley Spuhler, chief executive at the Foundation of Light, said: We’re very proud to be recognised like this, but I believe that the foundation’s success is the success of a whole community and hope that they can celebrate this with us too.”