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22 December 2021

YOUNGSTERS on a Burton Albion Community Trust holiday programme have received some Christmas cheer thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

A total of 100 children on BACT’s Holiday Activities and Food programme will each receive a £30 voucher which can be used at Primark.

It’s a Christmas gift that was made possible after a benefactor contacted Burton Albion and asked to make a donation that would have a community impact.

Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson said: “It’s an incredible act of kindness that sums up the Christmas spirit. The person donating wanted to reach out and support others at Christmas but wants to stay out of the limelight themselves. They approached the football club, and we were delighted to help and to make sure the donation was used to the best advantage.”

Burton Albion Community Trust’s Holiday Activities and Food programme is funded by the Department for Education and Staffordshire County Council in partnership with Burton Albion FC.

Paul Gaskin, BACT’s Community Engagement Manager, said: “This Christmas, the scheme has been running from Burton Albion Community Football Centre at the Pirelli Stadium and combines workshops, activities and food in what is an action-packed programme.

“It is targeted at young people in receipt of free school meals and is important to families who are put under extra pressure at Christmas when finances are stretched to the limit.

“These Primark vouchers will make a massive impact and we want to thank the person who made this donation for supporting BACT’s work and giving these youngsters a special gift this Christmas.”

Brewers club captain John Brayford was on hand to deliver the vouchers and meet some of the youngsters on the scheme.

He said: “Supporting the community is at the heart of everything this football club does all year round, and it was a pleasure to meet the youngsters and hand out the vouchers that have been so generously donated.”

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