Dartford FC Press Release

Dartford FC are delighted to announce Valley Hospital Charity (Registered charity no. 1050861), based at Darent Valley Hospital, as our new charity partner for 2018. Supporting the work of Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust, Dartford FC will be helping to raise funds for Willow Ward, the Children’s Ward through the Charity’s Lollipop Fund.

The Lollipop Fund benefits sick children from babies to teens at the NHS Trust. The current Fund’s focus is to create a new and improved garden, which will be bright, fun and more importantly accessible for children of all mobility’s and ages from Willow Ward. They are also looking to purchase specialised medical kit to support children who come to A&E requiring intensive care treatment, which includes a ventilator for small children.

Dartford FC will be engaging with the Trust by also offering support from their players and coaches in the form of workshops and interactive sessions for the children on the Ward. Dartford FC will also be helping the Charity to achieve their fundraising goals with collections round the grounds on match days. The Club will donate raffle prizes to assist with the Charity’s fundraising efforts, and support them with the Club’s social media channels, and website.

“We are delighted to have the support of Dartford FC throughout 2018. We are a local cause with the aim of improving patient care for our community, much more than what is possible through the NHS budget alone. Having this partnership with our local football club will help us raise awareness of the difference we can make together to improve the experience for our young patients and their families.” Sally George, Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, Valley Hospital Charity, Dartford & Gravesham, NHS Trust.

“As a Community club, we, at Dartford Football Club, feel a real sense of social and community responsibility. Within excess of 400 young people being registered to play at various age groups from under 7 to the Academy, the Community is at the heart of everything we do and is the heart beat of the club.  In announcing our partnership with Darent Valley Hospital and our support throughout 2018 of the Children’s ward at the hospital, we hope to be further able to make a difference to the young people of Dartford”
Steve Irving, Co-Chairman of Dartford Football Club.

For more information please contact:
Sally George
Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services
Valley Hospital Charity
Darent Valley Hospital
Darenth Wood Road
Tel: 01322 428256 E: sally.george2@nhs.net