We hope that everyone is staying safe and coping with these challenging times as well as they can.
After the initial shock as news of the pandemic developed, we have all slowly been coming to terms with lockdown and coping with all the challenges that COVID19 brings.
As well as the direct impact on the nation’s health and mental well-being, the economic impact is also of great concern. This in turn is putting greater strain on some charities and it is with all this in mind that we launched "Sunderland Together" in partnership with The Branch Liaison Council and 4 key local charities ; The Salvation Army, Veterans in Crisis, Washington Mind and The Foundation of Light.
RAWA Chair Andrew Hird said “I am proud that the Sunderland football community is coming together to support these four fantastic causes. Each is working hard to support vulnerable and isolated parts of the community to ensure they are safe and well.
“Sunderland fans are so passionate about their community and have shown time and again that they will go the extra mile to help those in hard times. Let’s get behind this fantastic project to ensure that those who need our support have it when they need it most.”
As well as launching Sunderland Together, early in the lockdown phase some of our members went along to the Foodbank to help with sorting tins, weighing sugar, washing crates and making up boxes. There’s a great team of regular volunteers that we worked alongside at the main warehouse who do a cracking job – well done all concerned and please keep the donations coming via your local supermarkets.
We have a couple of irons in the fire that might help engage younger supporters during lockdown – we’ll be in touch about that soon – watch this space.
Stay safe everyone!