Forest Green Rovers have announced a new charity partnership with the children’s charity WellChild, which provides care for seriously ill children across the UK.

The charity offers practical and emotional support for children and young people with exceptional healthcare needs, and also funds a network of WellChild Nurses who support fgrfamilies on their journey from hospital to home.

Forest Green will host a number of matchday fundraising events in aid of the charity, as well as donating all the money raised from the first team player’s disciplinary fines.

WellChild’s work sees them fund projects and research to ensure that children and young people can be cared for at home with their families wherever possible, while influencing future health, education and social care policy to improve quality of life for seriously ill children and their families.

FGR’s home match against Bromley on Saturday at The New Lawn Stadium will see the club officially launch its support for the charity. There will be representatives from WellChild at the game who will be taking part in a presentation at half time to introduce the partnership.

Colin Dyer, chief executive of the Cheltenham-based charity, said: “We are delighted that Forest Green Rovers have chosen to support WellChild.

There are more children with exceptional health needs in the UK today than ever before so there couldn’t be a better time to support our work giving these children the best chance to be together at home with their families.”

Dane Vince, General manager at Forest Green Rovers, added: “We’re looking forward to working with WellChild over the coming season to help raise awareness of the great work they do supporting seriously ill children and young people in the UK.

We’ll be hosting special matches as well as fundraising and corporate events to try and raise as much money as possible to help fund their valuable work.

Our support of WellChild is a great way for the club to give back to the community and an opportunity to work on some exciting projects to help raise awareness of such an important cause.”

At Saturday’s launch match, fans will be able to take part in a series of fundraising competitions and activities, including a chance to guess the time of the first goal and the opportunity to have their photo taken in a specially designed football photo booth. WellChild’s mascot, Nessa the Nurse, will also be at the game.

Supporters can donate £5 to the work of WellChild by texting DIFF 05 to 70070.

Source: Forest Green Rovers

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