A kind-hearted Pools fan has linked up with the Club's
Community Sports Foundation and Safe Families For Children to donate Season
When loyal supporter Mark Carroll realised he'd got lucky in
a competition run by the National League's title-sponsors, Vanarama, he knewimmediately that he wanted to donate the prize to charity.
Mark is already a Season Ticket holder at The Vic – indeed he
has only missed two games home or away since 2006 – so his mind began to wanderto how he could pass on the two Season Tickets he'd won.
“Not only do I have a Season Ticket but so do all my friendsand family,” Mark explained.
“When I checked the list of winners and saw my name I knew
that I wanted the tickets to go to a deserving cause and thought straight awayabout the Club's Community Sports Foundation.
“I knew they would be able to use them for good themselves
or be able to point me in the direction of an appropriate charity that would beable to benefit from them.”
Foundation staff made contact with Safe Families For
Children, a local charity who work hand-in-hand with children's services tolink families in need with volunteers who can offer them support.
The charity immediately identified a young family new to the
town and for whom the donation of the Season Tickets would have a massiveimpact.
“The tickets are going to go to two football mad little
boys, aged 8 and 12, who will now be coming to games with their father,” saidStacey Nicholas, a Family Support Manager for Safe Families.
“They're very new to the area and don't have a lot of
friends or family nearby so it's fantastic for them to be connected with
Hartlepool United and have that sense of community – it's what Safe Families isall about.
“They haven't ever been to a football match before but they
came to some of the Community Sports Foundation's coaching courses during thesummer and absolutely loved it.
“This family has been through some quite difficult
circumstances in the past so to be able to come to football matches at The Vicwill give them a really positive outlet and will be a brilliant experience.”
The Club agreed to turn two Season Tickets in to three so
the dad could come along to The Vic with his two young sons, and Mark couldn'tbe happier with the outcome.
“I'm delighted with the way the tickets are going to beused,” he added.
“Hopefully the young boys and their dad will come along andsee a real community football club and just enjoy the football.
“We have a fantastic atmosphere at The Vic this season and I
think it's something that might take them by surprise so I hope they reallyenjoy it.
“The perfect result for me is that they get the bug and
become lifelong Pools fans – then they can be stuck with it the same as we allare!”