The Brick help over 400 people each month across Wigan Borough who are facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis.
- Wigan based charity raised over £25,000 during the 2017/18 season.
- Latics fans showed their generosity through match day collections.
- Over 100 people took part in a SleepOut at the DW Stadium in March.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the relationship we’ve had with Latics this season and want to thank everyone connected to this special club for the support we’ve received,” the words of Nick Brookes, Business Director for The Brick, as he reflects on a wonderful year-long partnership with Latics.
The charity raised over £25,000 during the course of the season to help people across Wigan Borough who are facing homelessness, poverty or debt crisis.
Since the launch of the partnership in September 2017, the club have supported events such as Haigh Woodland Park’s 5k run and Christmas Jumper Day at the DW Stadium, as well as hosting match day collections and providing signed memorabilia to raise funds for The Brick in their efforts to support over 400 people a month across the borough to rebuild new lives.
Five first team stars, including captains Samy Morsy and Dan Burn, visited The Brick’s food bank in the town centre during the Christmas period to help volunteers pack food parcels, while the club’s academy players supported similar efforts at the Community Trust’s base at Montrose Skills Hub.
At the visit, Samy said: “It’s amazing really because people don’t think homelessness happens in this country, but when you see the number of clients The Brick work with for example it just stuns you. The people of Wigan need to get behind the charity because they’re really helping a lot of people.”
In addition, over 100 people took part in a SleepOut at the DW Stadium in March 2018, with individuals, families, businesses and various groups swapping their beds for sleeping bags for one night to sleep on the concourse of the South Stand.
Latics Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, who participated in the SleepOut, added: “It’s been an honour for us as a club to have been associated with The Brick this season, and the partnership really seems to have resonated with our supporters who have raised an unbelievable sum of money to help ensure nobody in our community gets left behind.”
Wigan Athletic Community Trust will be continuing the club's legacy with The Brick by running football sessions for service users over the next 12 months.
For more information about how you can support The Brick, please visit www.thebrick.org.uk.
To apply to be the club’s charity of the season for the 2018/19 campaign, please click here.
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