Following the recent fans charity vote, the club is pleased to announce that St John’s Hospice in Doncaster is now an official charity partner of Doncaster Rovers for 2015.
The Hospice and its services, which support people aged 18 and over with life-limiting illnesses, will be represented at matches throughout the season giving thousands of visitors the opportunity to find out about the amazing work St John’s do and how to support the hospice.
St John’s will also be promoted in our match day programme and players will take part in a themed charity match to boost the donations to the hospice.
Local MP and Hospice Patron Rosie Winterton was today in attendance to launch the new partnership. She said: “I have always been hugely impressed by the care and compassion shown by the team a St John’s.
“I believe it’s crucial to highlight their work, and that of other hospices, and raise awareness of campaigns to help their upkeep. People right across Doncaster have dug deep over many years to support St John’s and I’m very pleased that Doncaster Rovers fans have chosen to support the hospice in this way”.
Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive at Doncaster Rovers, added: “The charity is close to the people of Doncaster and that is why our supporters have voted for it. We want people to get involved, and to help them learn more about the great work that St John’s do. It is important for people to understand that the Hospice is not just for our parents and grandparents, it is for anybody 18 years of age and above.”
Mel Hewitt, Hospice Community Fundraiser, also spoke about the deal: “This Partnership is marvellous news and we are looking forward to working with the Club and the fans in the coming year. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us – it’s really appreciated.”
The hospice is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).
Everyone at the club looks forward to a successful partnership with the St John’s Hospice in 2015.