BURTON Albion fans have raised £11,500 to help pay for a new kit van after coming together to support the club they love through unprecedented times.
The fund-raising initiative was launched by supporter Keith Large after hearing about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on football finances.
He said: “The fund quickly gained momentum with loyal supporters digging deep to help. We were asked by the club to help to purchase a new kit van, this gave us a focus to achieve and something tangible for the supporters to see on the roads around Burton and eventually on matchdays, once they have returned. We are all very pleased to have helped Burton Albion in our small way, and I personally wish to thank all of those who donated money.”
A Just Giving page was launched and nearly 150 fans made contributions.
The van has now been purchased and some of the supporters behind the initiative came along to meet Brewers manager Jake Buxton and to have a socially distanced picture taken to mark the fundraising efforts.
The Albion manager said: “I want to thank the fans for this fantastic effort. Every penny that comes into the club is important and the fact that this comes directly from the supporters makes it extra special.”
Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “I want to say a massive thank you to all the fans who have joined forces to raise this money towards the costs of the kit van.
“I believe that at Burton Albion we are blessed with a special bond between the club and its supporters, who understand what a remarkable journey we have been on and appreciate the wonderful times we have shared.
“This wonderful effort is greatly appreciated.”
Supporter Jean Fletcher said: “Burton Albion has a family atmosphere and the support from fans has shown that we stand as one to support our club through these uncertain times. This fundraiser, buying iFollow passes and merchandise was important to show the club that we are there behind them through thick and thin.”
Pat Parker added: “I think it was a great fundraiser especially in the uncertain times we are in, well done to those who contributed.”
Photo (L to R): Jake Buxton, Jean Fletcher, Keith Large, Ben Robinson MBE, Pat Parker and Russell Harper.