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To give something back to residents living in The Bay and surrounding areas, Sandown FC started their community support project last month with the aim of raising money for good causes, including families in need and elderly people that might be isolated.

Through players, family, friends, club sponsors and local businesses and organisations, together with a donation from club funds, Sandown Football Club were able to raise in excess of £2,000 to buy food and create food parcels for Christmas.

The club’s Rob Iley explains:

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“We wanted to give something back to the community and it was decided that the first project would be the Christmas Food Box Appeal. This will be the first of many projects where we aim to help the people of Sandown and Lake.

“One of the biggest issues was finding the right people to help, we wanted to make sure the food parcels went to the right people. To solve this problem we partnered with The Bay, Broadlea Primary and Brading Primary, Godshill and Chillerton Schools, Sandown and Lake Methodist Church’s and The Christchurch Sandown.

“The result was we were able to send out 134 food parcels which helped 204 adults and 367 children to make their Christmases a bit happier than it may have been”.


Carrie-Anne Cartmel from The Bay Academy said:

“Our families need support more than ever at this time of year so it was wonderful that with the help of Sandown FC we have been able to support so many more of them”

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Macala Graham from Broadlea Primary School added:

“This time of year is difficult for our families who may be struggling, the support of Sandown FC has made it a little bit easier, we thank you so much”.

Food parcels included everyday products such as toiletries, tinned food, jams, pastas, crisps and treats as well as mince pies and Christmas puddings.

Thanks has gone out to the club’s supporters including:

  • Players, Committee, Family, Friends of Sandown FC
  • Numerous Anonymous Donors
  • CR Mortgages
  • Chine Masonic Lodge
  • Peter England Electrical Services
  • Sandown Carnival Association
  • Wilkinson’s Pies
  • Coop, High St, Sandown
  • The Holiday Shop
  • Aldi Lake
  • Morrisons
  • Richard Priest STC
  • The Tomato Stall
  • AE Brown Farms
  • Charles Angels Salon
  • Martin, Steve, Rob, Pete, Liam, Paul, Ollie, Barrie (SFC Packers)

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