Aldershot Town Football Club’s Shots Community Partnership has donated a further £1290 to local young people’s charity The Source following a hugely successful quiz night earlier this month.
Over 90 people attended the quiz, organised by the Partnership of Aldershot Town sponsors, to raise money for the charity which is based opposite the Electrical Services Stadium on Aldershot High Street.
After being presented with the cheque by Shots Commercial Manager, Mark Butler, Adam Stacey, Chief Executive of The Source, said: “It’s an absolutely superb amount of money that has been raised. Every pound matters to us and everything raised goes towards our work transforming the lives of young people in Rushmoor through our Youth Café and support services.
“We would like to thank the Shots Community Partnership for their support. We really are most grateful to have not just their financial backing but also their help in building programmes that support some of the most vulnerable young people in this community.
“The Café is open four nights a week now and our detached team are out up to six nights a week. We’re also on track, this year, to break all of our referral records. We’re about to enter our fifteenth year and things are really looking up.”
Formed this summer by Kevin Matthew, of Farnborough-based Central Heating Services, alongside nine other Aldershot Town FC sponsors, the Shots Community Partnership will, in its first year, support The Source with a series of fundraising events as well as donating skills, resources and equipment.
AKM Associates, Central Heating Services, Clark Caterers, Grainger PLC, Electrical Services Southern, Hi-Speed Couriers, Knights Group, Millgrove Construction, Reade Signs and Retirement Lease Housing Association founded the partnership, with the aim of raising £10,000 in 2014-15 alongside another £10,000 through in-kind donations.
Matthew added: “The Source have established some fantastic community projects which really help young people in need. I am particular impressed with the support they give to teenage mums, providing these young mums with continued support through a mentoring scheme, healthy eating classes and positive parenting classes. Our relationship with The Source will continue to build over the next year, with more fundraising events in the pipeline.”
The Source meets the needs of hundreds of young people, aged between 11 and 25, across Rushmoor each year. Through their café, teen parent and mentoring programmes, anger management counselling, after-school club and detached youth work, The Source are committed to seeing young people transformed, and to operating as a centre of excellence.