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CHARITY: Official charity partners announced

25 November 2016

United announce official charity partners

Carlisle United are delighted to announce our official charity partners for the 2016/17 season are as follows:

+ Carlisle United Football Club Community Sports Trust [CST] – A registered charity which is self-funding through its soccer schools and county wide coaching and education initiatives, including Walking Football, NCS, schools coaching packages, FUTSAL and a Foundation Degree in Coaching and Development.

+ Jigsaw Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice - Jigsaw work closely with parents to create special memories which families will treasure for years to come. A number of children cared for are huge football fans, so this partnership literally is making dreams come true! Going forward the aim is to help raise awareness of Jigsaw across the county, which will allow them to reach out and support more Cumbrian families.

Click HERE to find out more about Jigsaw.

+ The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) flew 462 missions from its Cumbrian base last year alone. Each one of these was paid for through the generosity of the public. Without this support they could not continue to rescue the region’s most severely ill and injured patients.

Click HERE to find out more about GNAAS.

Sales and Marketing Director Phil King said: “As we said when we launched this campaign ahead of last season, we feel it’s important that our Community Sports Trust is one of our charity partners. The work they do is an integral part of the club’s vital community outreach programme and is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in its field.

"Our second charity partner, Great North Air Ambulance, was chosen with just over 38% of a public vote, and the staff at the club chose Jigsaw, our third charity partner. We think all three are very worthwhile causes.”

Community Sports Trust manager John Halpin said: “We raised some very good sums of money for our charity partners last season and it’s a great way of reaching out and into the community by helping to raise the profile of some excellent causes. The outcome of something like this can only ever be positive for all concerned.”

Head of Public Liaison at Great North Air Ambulance, Sarah Zissler, Said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by the fans and we’d like to thank all of those who took the time to vote for us. We’re looking forward to working with the club for the remainder of the season.”

Natalie Bingham, from Jigsaw, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as one of CUFC’s charity partners. We believe this will be the beginning of an exciting partnership and we look forward to working closely alongside the football club and its fans on future opportunities.

"Jigsaw is Cumbria’s only Children’s Hospice and we care for children and young adults with life limiting conditions from all across the county. Being able to engage more with the CUFC fan base would not only help us raise awareness but would also allow us to reach out and support more Cumbrian families.’’

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