The St Georges Hospital Charity and Tooting and Mitcham United FC have announced a partnership.
St Georges Hospital has a close relationship with TMUFC, playing a part in the lives of many of the club's players and fans. TMUFC’S 3G pitches are regularly used by teams from St George’s medical school and the mental health department for matches. Additionally, the club has supported the Charity in raising funds at a comedy night fundraiser back in September 2019.
The relationship has grown from strength-to-strength thanks to the generosity of two TMUFC supporters. In April 2020, TMUFC launched a very successful crowdfunding campaign to help the club while it was closed during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Subsequently, supporters Ciaran Kelly and Emmeline Pinion purchased a ‘Friend of TMUFC’ package to support the club. As part of this package, Ciaran and Emmeline received a business advertising opportunity at the club which they generously donated to St George’s Hospital Charity to raise awareness of the Charity and how it is working to help patients and NHS staff at St George’s and Queen Mary’s hospitals, and the wider community.
The package includes advertising via the club website, social media posts, a pitch-side banner, and a profile in the programme. The club then decided to strengthen the relationship further by featuring the St George’s Hospital Charity logo on the first team kit shorts, as well as fundraising via bucket collections throughout the season. In return, St George’s Hospital Charity hope to support TMUFC by sharing the NHS discount on match tickets with NHS staff, using their connections to assist with their community engagement and collaborating on future events together.
Both TMUFC and St George’s Hospital Charity are very excited about the opportunities that will come from this partnership, particularly in bringing our local communities together.
Amerjit Chohan CEO at St George’s Hospital Charity said: ‘When Ciaran contacted us, we were very touched that he chose to use this opportunity to support his local hospital and our local NHS heroes. During these unprecedented times, we are seeing so many acts of kindness in the hospital and our community and would like to thank Ciaran and Tooting and Mitcham United FC for this opportunity.’
Caroline McRoyall, Chair at Tooting and Mitcham United FC said: ‘It is thanks to the generosity of our supporters that this opportunity has arisen to bring both organisations closer together and we look forward to working in partnership over the season.’
Words and picture courtesy of the club.