Belles players led the way again this festive period as they helped set-up an innovative Festive Foodbank campaign which saw hundreds of foodbank items delivered to the trussell trust Doncaster Foodbank in time for Christmas.
Like last season, Belles players cancelled their usual Secret Santa and instead put the money in a pot which was used to purchase foodbank items.
However, in 2021 they went a step further inviting Belles supporters, Regional Talent Centre (RTC) players and Doncaster Rovers fans to get involved too.
RTC players brought in a foodbank item each to a training session last week while Belles fans were offered free entry to the final FAWNL match of 2021 against Solihull Moors if they brought a foodbank donation and Rovers fans were offered £5 off their match ticket for a league match against Oxford United with a foodbank donation.
Fans got behind the project with many donating multiple items to receive a free ticket.
Centre-back Charlotte Dinsdale, one of the key figures behind the project, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support the Doncaster Foodbank for the second year running. Last year, wanted to do our bit as a team to help local people across Doncaster in response to the COVID-19 crisis and this year it feels equally important to support those in the community in desperate need.
“Many are still being faced with the choice of paying the bills or buying food, which is something nobody should be facing. The support from foodbanks is crucial, particularly over the Christmas period, and one we were only too happy and proud to support.
“On behalf of all at Doncaster Belles, we really do want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who donated items at both Belles and Rovers games in December to support the initiative.”