Published: 10:00, 27 April 2020
| Updated: 12:28, 27 April 2020
Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack is among those to have got behind Sittingbourne Football Club’s crowdfuning plea.
The former Gills player has backed the fund that has been set-up to not just help the club, but to also offer free tickets to local NHS workers and hopefully a financial contribution too.
Dack commented: “Good luck in reaching your target guys. Keep up the good work.”
Both he and fellow Blackburn professional Danny Graham have taken an interest in the club following their decision to wear the kit range produced by Fugati from next season - whenever that may be.
Graham has been behind the clothing range launch which is also set to provide football gear for clubs, including several around the south-east.
Sittingbourne supporters, meanwhile, have been contributing in their numbers, taking the total past £4,000 on Monday morning. Fans are not only helping the club survive, but can also claim additional benefits for themselves and others.
For every £100 raised the club will donate a ticket to NHS staff in Swale. There are other incentives to donate too. By contributing £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 will get a letter of thanks from first team boss Darren Blackburn. You can buy NHS staff a ticket for a match, priced at two for £20, while £25 will get you on the ‘Wall of Fame’.
Any money raised in excess of £5,000 will be split 50-50 with themselves and the NHS.
One supporter, John Lyons, commented: “I have been attending Sittingbourne matches since 1989 and hope to continue for many years to come.
“The club has given me some great times, bad times and some downright horrible ones over the years but like everyone associated with the club I hope to see us back up there challenging for honours again.”
Former player Hicham Akhazzan added: “Great club, great people and the greatest fans and is needed in the local and football community.”
The club’s fundraising scheme has been set up by their commercial manager Andy Marjeram, who is also involved in the company supplying the new kits that they hope to wear next season.
For now though, it’s about keeping the club afloat.
The club say they are in a “precarious position” after losing six home matches following the decision to declare the season null and void. Those games included two over Easter that would have brought in much needed finance. Those, along with an annual football tournament, have been cancelled.”
The club’s fundraiser offers gratitude to their fans and NHS workers and Mr Marjeram said: “Growing up in Sittingbourne, the community are proud of where they have come from, and hopefully with all the help people are giving us we can give something back as well to the fans and to the NHS.
“If we overachieve our target we promise to give anything over 50% of the money raised to the NHS.”
Click here to visit the club's Crowdfunder page. The club are also looking for any new sponsors and players for their youth section. Contact commercial manager Andy Marjeram on 07584 298529 for more details.
Sittingbourne are one of many teams in Kent raising money to help get them through the coronavirus crisis.