THE Bass Charity Vase has a long and proud tradition of supporting good causes which continued this year with donations to four charities at two Burton Albion home games.
At half-time during the West Brom pre-season friendly, a £500 donation was made to the Jeff Astle Foundation with the footballer’s daughter Dawn and widow Laraine receiving the cheque.
The family launched The Jeff Astle Foundation in 2015 in memory of the former West Brom player and the charity helps raise awareness of brain injury in all forms of sport and offers much needed support to those affected.
At the Stoke City game donations of £500 each were made to Midlands Air Ambulance, Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham, and the I/C Unit at Queen’s Hospital with representatives from all three organisations attending the game.
This game was this year’s Bass Charity Vase fixture with Stoke beating Burton Albion 1-0 to win the historic trophy.
Dave Mellor, President of the Bass Vase said: “It was great to be able to use these two games to hand over donations to some great causes.
“We also witnessed a very entertaining game between Stoke City and Burton Albion that will go to benefit more good causes and we are grateful to both teams and Burton Albion Chairman Ben Robinson for their support.”
There was a Man of the Match trophy sponsored by Dave Mellor at the Stoke game which was awarded to Brewers keeper Jamal Blackman.
Ben Robinson said: “The Bass Charity Vase game is the highlight of our pre-season programme and I want to thank everyone who turned up to watch the match helping to raise money which will support local charities.”