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Brighton & Hove Albion have selected Sussex-based charities RISE and Chailey Heritage Foundation as the club’s two charity partners for the 2017/18 season.
The club will join forces with both charities over the course of the season, alongside its own charitable arm, Albion in the Community, and will continue to support a number of long-standing charity partners.
RISE, which stands for Refuge, Information, Support and Education, is an independent, registered charity founded in 1994, and aims to help those affected by domestic abuse.
The charity offers practical help ranging from direct advice to refuge space to those in urgent need. They work in schools to teach children about healthy relationships, and broke new ground in their specialist LGBT service for survivors of domestic abuse.
RISE CEO, Jo Gough, said, “It’s a real honour to partner with a football club which is committed to representing and caring for the interests of its supporters, using their position to change minds, especially during its hard won promotion into the Premier League! “Brighton & Hove Albion play a hugely important role in the life of the city, and the partnership will give RISE an important platform to both promote and fund our message of freedom from abuse and violence to everyone who comes into contact with the club.”
Chailey Heritage Foundation is a pioneering charity providing education, care and transition services for children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs.
They are recognised as one of the UK’s leading centres for children and young adults with neurological motor impairment such as cerebral palsy, and have a national reputation for their work in supporting young people’s communication and developing independence through powered mobility.
The charity’s aim is to provide a stimulating environment where all young people have an opportunity to pursue their full potential.
Chailey Heritage development director, Sally-Anne Murray, said,
“We are delighted to be together in the Premier League with Brighton & Hove Albion as their charity partner this season. With the club’s supporters behind us, together we can make a real difference to the lives of these young people with complex disabilities.”
The club and Albion in the Community also work with a number of national and local charities on an ongoing basis, including the Royal British Legion, Tickets for Troops, Children in Need, Sport Relief, Sussex Heart Charity, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, Kick it Out, Football v Homophobia and Show Racism the Red Card.