Published: 13:00, 21 July 2020
| Updated: 13:46, 21 July 2020
Sittingbourne Football Club has handed over a cheque to their local hospital after exceeding their crowdfunding target.
The Brickies promised to donate to the NHS £50 for every £100 raised over £5,000.
A sum of £600 was handed to the Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital as a donation to the League of Friends.
Club manager Darren Blackburn tweeted: “Nowhere near enough to than al the NHS staff for all they do but proud to do our bit.”
The club’s appeal for donations went far and wide with professional football players Bradley Dack and Danny Graham among those to contribute to the club’s fundraising efforts, their link coming through kit manufacturers Fugati.
Many of the donations also came from fans of Danish club Fremad Amager, who have grown close to the Brickies following a link through supporters’ club chairman Mark Chapman, who spent many years living in Copenhagen.
There were incentives for supporters of the Brickies to contribute.
By donating £50 you can have a seat with your own name on it as well as being on the club’s ‘Wall of Fame’ sponsorship board. Your whole family can get involved for £100.
Those donating £10 were due a letter of thanks from the first team boss. People could also buy NHS staff a ticket for a match, priced at two for £20.
The club, meanwhile, has reminded supporters that they won’t be able to attend pre-season games.
A friendly match against Borden Village on August 1 has been published on social media by their opponents.
A club statement said: “It has come to our attention that information has been released about one of our pre-season friendlies.
“Please note that all friendlies will be played in accordance with Government and FA guidelines. Therefore, all friendlies will be played behind closed doors until circumstances allow otherwise.”
The government have recently announced that crowd might be permitted inside stadiums from October onwards.
Teams can play competitive games again from August onwards and are currently allowed to train in groups of up to 30, including coaches.