Wigan’s MP Lisa Nandy says Wigan Athletic’s support for domestic violence charity DIAS shows ‘great courage’.
- Official Charity partnership with domestic violence support group DIAS launched at Swindon Town game.
- Over £900 raised for DIAS at Swindon Town match.
- Wigan MP Lisa Nandy: “I am delighted the club have made this gesture to DIAS.”
DIAS join Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Youth Zone, the club’s permanent charity partners, in receiving support from the club.
The 2015-16 charity partnership with DIAS was officially launched at last weekend’s match against Swindon Town, where the players wore specially produced t-shirts and over £900 was raised during a bucket collection and the sale of wristbands inside and outside the DW Stadium.
The club also produced a very striking video, ‘Don’t Stay Silent,’ involving the players and manager Gary Caldwell, which can be viewed here.
Lisa Nandy said:
“Domestic violence is a very difficult subject to tackle publicly and I am delighted that Wigan Athletic are supporting DIAS as their Official Charity for the 2015-16 season.
“The video they have produced with the players and manager is innovative and powerful. It takes huge bravery to speak out about domestic violence and the video sends a powerful signal to people affected by domestic violence that they are not alone.
“It was great to see the club dedicate their match against Swindon Town last weekend to DIAS and organising a collection which raised over £900. The club is an important part of the community and for them to support such a worthy local charity has been a huge boost. Latics’ support of DIAS has already raised awareness of a charity who act as a lifeline for families in distress.”
Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson showed support for the charity launch at half time, as Jeanette Bailey, DIAS Chief Officer, and several volunteers were introduced to the crowd.
“We feel that this is an issue where the association with the club can make a difference and we are proud to have DIAS as one of our official charities for the 2015-16 season.”
Jeanette Bailey added:
“We were overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the Latics fans and the support of everyone at the club. We cannot thank them enough. The principal idea behind applying to become the official charity was to raise people’s awareness of our work and we couldn’t have asked for more in terms of what this has done to our profile already.”