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Pools Fan Donates Tickets Prize To Charity

19 September 2019

A kind-hearted Pools fan has linked up with the Club's

Community Sports Foundation and Safe Families For Children to donate Season

Tickets he won in a competition to a worthy cause.

When loyal supporter Mark Carroll realised he'd got lucky in

a competition run by the National League's title-sponsors, Vanarama, he knew

immediately 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 wander

to 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 away

about 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 be

able 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 to

link 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 massive

impact.

“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,” said

Stacey 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 is

all 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 the

summer 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 Vic

will 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't

be 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 really

enjoy 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 all

are!”

Click here for more information on the good work being done by Safe Families For Children and to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.


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