Black Cats supporting foundation’s appeal

Wes Brown, Jimmy Montgomery and Emanuele Giaccherini present Ben Travis, Daryn Robinson and Mark Smith with a cheque for �2,000.
Wes Brown, Jimmy Montgomery and Emanuele Giaccherini present Ben Travis, Daryn Robinson and Mark Smith with a cheque for �2,000.

An appeal to create a new feature at a centre for disabled people has been backed by a Premier League football club.

The Percy Hedley Foundation has received a cheque for £2,000 from Sunderland AFC.

Their donation of £2,000 will go a long way to help us realise our dream of providing children and adults with a brand new hydrotherapy pool

Head of capital fundraising at Percy Hedley, Des Bustard

The Black Cats nominated the disability charity to receive the donation as part of the club’s money from the FA Community Shield.

The donation will go towards the charity’s Tim Carter Appeal to build a new state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool at West Lane, Killingworth.

The pool, which will cost £1.2m, is part of a bigger £4m project that includes a 26-bed children’s residential unit and will be filled with warm water that helps relieve joint pain.

The campaign was launched in September 2008 in memory of former Sunderland goalkeeper Tim Carter, whose son, Jensen, attends Percy Hedley School.

Head of capital fundraising at Percy Hedley, Des Bustard, said: “We would like to thank Sunderland AFC for their continued support.”

“Their donation of £2,000 will go a long way to help us realise our dream of providing children and adults with a brand new hydrotherapy pool.

“A lot of our service users are big Sunderland fans so we are extremely grateful and proud to continue our association with one of the region’s Premier League teams.”