Stockport County FC have announced the launch of their Food for Christmas campaign which will help provide meals for children in the local area over the Christmas holidays.
The campaign follows the government’s decision to reject proposals spearheaded by Marcus Rashford’s #endchildfoodpoverety campaign, which would have seen the distribution of free school meal vouchers extended into half term and across the Christmas period.
County are aiming to raise the £220,000 needed to support families who use food vouchers and the estimated 7,500 children in the Stockport area who may go without food during this time.
The club is yet another in a long list across Greater Manchester who have stepped up to help those struggling in the local community.
The owner of the club, Mark Stott, said: “This is a topic very close to my heart, growing up my mum relied on free school meals for both myself and my sister and it is devastating to think so many families will struggle over the Christmas period. I’d like to thank Marcus Rashford and everyone else who has campaigned and raised awareness on the subject.
“We appreciate it’s been a difficult and uncertain time for lots of people this year but I’d like to call on all our fans and corporate sponsors, who find themselves in a more fortunate position to make a donation, anything they can afford, however large or small it all helps towards our goal of giving these families a Christmas to look forward to.”
Stockport council provided the money needed during half-term to distribute vouchers to eligible families and the club want to make sure this is replicated over the Christmas period with their own donation.
Following Stott’s personal donation of £100,000, the club are hoping to reach their £220,000 target by raising money through sales at the Club Shop, corporate sponsorship and fan donations.
County will also be partnering with local charity Sector 3 to raise the funds.
You can make donations to the Food for Christmas campaign here.