BURTON YMCA has received a cheque for £500 from the Bass Charity Vase from this year’s fund-raising match.
Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough and midfielders Scott Fraser and Jamie Allen were on hand to visit the YMCA’s Reconnect centre at James Court on James Street and learn more about the work Burton YMCA does in the local community.
The Brewers’ trio saw the shower and laundry rooms at the YMCA, as well as visiting the communal room and the food bank at the Reconnect centre.
Burton YMCA are committed to providing a supportive and safe environment for those who are homeless in East Staffordshire over their three housing sites. Brewers Chairman Ben Robinson is the President of Burton YMCA, who were nominated to receive these proceeds by Nigel and Margaret Clough.
“We chose to nominate Burton YMCA as we are well aware of the work they do within the local community, helping those who most need help,” said Nigel Clough.
“It was a pleasure to visit the Reconnect centre with Jamie and Scott, and see the facilities that they provide for those struggling and homeless.
“Seeing the stocked food bank was a real eye-opener and we know the money raised from the Bass Charity Vase is going to some excellent causes, including Burton YMCA and the incredible work they do locally.”
“The YMCA does a brilliant job working for people who are having a hard time of it at the moment,” said Dave Mellor from the Bass Charity Vase.
“Through the nomination of Nigel and Margaret Clough, we’ve presented money to them today and we’re very pleased to do so.
“It’s a good presentation and well worth it.”
“I just want to say a huge thank you to the Bass Charity Vase and Nigel and the team for coming over today,” said Paul Laffey, Chief Executive of Burton YMCA.
“The visit means a lot and the cheque is really appreciated - this will go to helping the most vulnerable people that the Burton YMCA sees daily here at Reconnect.
“We’ve had about 26 people in the building already today looking for support and help - that involves emergency food, homeless enquiries, counselling and family mediation.
“It all happens in this building. The donation will certainly help the YMCA support any number of those people, and it really is appreciated.”
Albion played Aston Villa in July with the historic Bass Charity Vase at stake, with Villa winning 4-0 on that evening. The Bass Charity Vase helps to raise money for local good causes.
Photo (from left): Dave Mellor (Bass Charity Vase), Nigel Clough, Paul Laffey (Burton YMCA), Jamie Allen, Scott Fraser, Sue Torr (Burton YMCA).