‘Get your kit on’ for charity on June 17th!
Celebrate Euro 2004 with Motability and ‘Get your kit on’ for the England V Switzerland football match on June 17th. Help raise money for charity by wearing the England (or your favourite team’s) shirt with pride and donate £1 to Motability. Encourage your family and friends to get their kit on at work, school or just at home.
Motability is a national charity set up in 1977 to provide disabled people with safe, reliable and affordable cars and powered wheelchairs. Currently over 385,000 disabled people now enjoy the increased independence and mobility a Motability vehicle can bring. For every £50 raised, Motability are able to provide a family with a safety harness, which will ensure that a disabled child can be safely secured whilst travelling in a car. This year the campaign has been sponsored by insurer Royal & SunAlliance so every pound raised will go directly towards helping a disabled person to become more mobile.
Twelve-year-old Ian has muscular dystrophy, and uses a wheelchair because he is no longer able to walk. Ian’s parents used his allowance to get a Motability car big enough to enable the whole family to go out together. Motability helped to pay for the Renault Espace and covered the cost of a person hoist with a sling, which Ian sits in to be lifted in and out of the vehicle, as well as a powered wheelchair hoist and strapping to stow and secure the wheelchair when Ian is travelling. Ian’s Mum says: “Now, we can go out more as a family because we can get Ian in and out of the car easily”
A whole host of football and television celebrities are supporting the campaign, including Aston Villa football club, West Ham and England player Michael Carrick, Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor, and FA referee Jeff Winter. Along with Viv Anderson, Duncan McKenzie plus John Forgeham from the hit TV series Footballers Wives. This year the campaign has been sponsored by insurer Royal & SunAlliance so every pound raised will go directly towards helping a disabled person to become more mobile.
”We want to make this, one of the biggest fundraising events the country has seen, and we need your help to do it. Take part and wear your football shirt with pride, but also encourage your family, friends and relatives to do the same. Speak to your Manager and encourage your place of work to let staff wear their football shirts. Let’s make the UK one giant football stadium with you as the supporters.”
Viv Anderson (Ex-England, Manchester United and Arsenal star)
Supported by Haven and British Holidays. ASDA will also be supporting ‘Get your kit on’ by encouraging colleagues in its 265 stores nationwide to wear their team’s shirts on the day in return for £1 donations – You won’t find a better excuse to support your team at work!
The Soccer Site have also agreed to donate £1 to Motability for every Footie Chick shirt sold through Motability’s website - check out www.motability.co.uk for more details on this and a free fundraising pack. Alternatively please contact Carolyn Benham on: 01279 632258 or firstname.lastname@example.org or wear your shirt and send your donation to Carolyn at: Get your kit on, Motability, Goodman House Station Approach, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2ET.
Notes to Journalists
*Other Motability customer case histories are available upon request, representing various age groups and regions
*Interview access to particular celebrities can be arranged
*Images available: Motability customers, celebrity supporters (plus supportive statements)
*Logos available: Motability, “Get Your Kit On”, Royal & SunAlliance, ASDA
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