Fulham Football Club will show our support for children’s hospice charity, Shooting Star CHASE, by designating the Barclays Premier League fixture against Reading on Saturday as our ‘Official Charity Match’.
The game will see lots of fundraising initiatives taking place on behalf of Shooting Star CHASE. In particular, the Fulham Football Club Foundation have been working closely with the charity on different fundraising ideas throughout the year, which will culminate in a number of events on matchday.
Shooting Star CHASE is also supported by Fulham Football Club’s Chairman, Mohamed Al Fayed’s, Al Fayed Foundation.
Speaking at the Club’s official partnership launch earlier in the season, he stated: "I am pleased that Fulham Football Club Foundation has chosen to make its local children's hospice its nominated charity. The hospice - Shooting Star CHASE - is close to my heart, and one of a number of children's hospices I have supported for many years.”
The Fulham First Team squad have helped to kick-start the fundraising by donating a day’s wages to Shooting Star CHASE. The Club’s main Team Sponsor, FxPro, have also kindly agreed to share their space on the front of the players’ shirts for the match in support of the charity, creating an awareness of the partnership to a global audience.
In the run up to the fixture, some of the Fulham squad were interviewed by eight-year-old Macauley Rogers, who is supported by Shooting Star CHASE and is a huge Whites fan.
Macauley, who led out the team for the FA Cup with Budweiser fixture at Old Trafford earlier in the season, was invited to our Motspur Park Training Ground to meet and interview Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes, Brede Hangeland, Mark Schwarzer and Manager Martin Jol. They were quizzed on their careers and all-things Fulham. He also made sure that he was on the FFC scouting radar after asking why he hadn’t yet been signed!
Other initiatives on the day include £1 from every pie sold being given to the charity. Fans in attendance will also be encouraged to show their support by texting a donation on the day.
Shooting Star CHASE supports families with a child or teenager who has a life-limiting condition. The charity currently helps over 600 families within 38 boroughs in West London, Surrey and West Sussex.
By providing expert care at two children’s hospices - Christopher’s in Guildford and Shooting Star House in Hampton, Middlesex - families can receive the essential support they need.
David Burland, Chief Executive at Shooting Star CHASE, said: “We’re delighted to have the support of Fulham FC, FxPro and all the fans not only at this match, but during the season. Thanks to their combined efforts we are able to raise vital funds and also create much needed awareness for Shooting Star CHASE and the work we do to support local families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition.
“Everyone at Shooting Star CHASE is looking forward to cheering on the team on the day and I know Macauley will be ready to step in should he be needed for the post-match interviews! “
Steven Day, Chief Executive of Fulham Football Club Foundation, added: “Using our Premier League fixture against Reading gives us a great platform from which we can not only raise the profile of our partnership with Shooting Star CHASE, but also raise awareness about both of our charities.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support of both Fulham Football Club Foundation and Shooting Star CHASE during the 2012/13 season.”
You can help local children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions by simply texting FFCF05 £5 to 70070 to make a £5 donation.