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City and BCCT strengthen CHSW partnership

Bristol City FC and Bristol City Community Trust have announced that they have extended their partnership with local charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), for a third season.

The partnership has been hugely successful in the previous two campaign, raising over £75,000 and creating many wonderful memories for fans of the football team who are supported by CHSW’s local hospice, Charlton Farm, which is situated just a mile from the club’s Failand training ground.

In addition, footballers and coaching staff from the club’s Academy setup ran the Bristol 10K in May to raise money for the CHSW, recently handing over a cheque for £1,828 at Charlton Farm.

Members of the club's Academy hand over a cheque for £1,828 to CHSW

Nine members of the Bristol City Team are now charity ambassadors including last year’s representative’s Frank Fielding, Joe Bryan and Korey Smith, who are being joined by Jamie Paterson, Marlon Pack, Bobby Reid and club captain Bailey Wright. Assistant head coach Dean Holden and City’s head of communications Adam Baker are also joining the players to lead the partnership.

CHSW community fundraiser, Olly Slym, said “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful partnership with Bristol City’s first team, Academy and Community Trust as it has allowed us to raise valuable awareness of CHSW.

“The players have been incredibly generous with their time, often popping down to Charlton Farm after training, having a coffee and a game of Mario Kart with the children.”

Dan White, head of operations for the Community Trust, said: “Last season we worked together to hold a host of successful fundraising events, including a special quiz night at Ashton Gate, and we also enjoyed the Christmas visit to the Hospice. To bring the power of the Community Trust together with another fantastic charity local to the club is terrific and we’ve really seen the players buy into the partnership.”

Australian international Wright said: “The community is vital to any football club, so it’s great that this partnership with CHSW is continuing for another season and I’m sure it can only get stronger and stronger.”

Charlton Farm offers a wealth of services to families whose children have been diagnosed with life-limiting conditions, including short breaks, respite, holistic care, emergency stays, a dedicated sibling service, end of life care and bereavement support. The hospice currently supports over 200 life-limited children from across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and BANES.

This season, Bristol City Community Trust and CHSW hope to raise £100,000, which will go directly towards helping Charlton Farm support families and make the most of their children’s short and precious lives.

For more information about CHSW, please visit chsw.org.uk/supportus.