Carlisle United were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to representatives from Jigsaw - Cumbria’s only children’s hospice - on Tuesday morning as part of the fantastic Pay For a Day scheme.
Pay For a Day allows companies or individuals to pay for the entire running costs of the children’s hospice service – for a whole 24 hours.
In conjunction with fundraising efforts from CUSG (Carlisle United Supporters’ Groups), with collections held at recent Forums and group events, a sum of £2,126 was donated to pay for a day of care, with Jigsaw’s community and events fundraiser Sam Johnston invited along to Brunton Park to receive the cheque.
With it being August, and with Carlisle United having sat top of Division One in 1974 having beaten Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Spurs, we opted for Saturday 24 August as the day our joint donation will cover.
Finance director Suzanne Kidd said: “It was a big moment in the club’s history when we beat Tottenham to go top of what is now the Premier League, so we thought it would fit nicely with being able to do something so special for the staff and children at Jigsaw.
“The efforts of the fan groups, coupled with the Community Shield money, means that we can do something good for such a vital facility and for some wonderful families.
"We hope to continue to pay for more days going forward because Jigsaw is close to our hearts, and it’s fantastic for us when we're able to help, even if it’s in a small way.”
Sam Johnston Said: “We cannot thank everyone associated with Carlisle United enough. The club and its supporter’s groups have been long standing supporters of Jigsaw and we are constantly grateful for that.
“The money they have donated with provide care to children and young adults from across the county. As well as give support to their families and friends when they need it the most. The Hospice could not do what it does without the support of our wonderful local community. Thank you!”
For more information on Jigsaw Hospice, click HERE.