The numbers have been crunched by the powers-that-be that control the purse strings, so we have a final figure on the amount of money raised for our now annual 'Pay-What-You-Like' match, which this season coincided with Non League Day.
A season best crowd of 2,417 squeezed through the Champion Hill turnstiles on Saturday when we played Needham Market in a Bostik League Premier Division match, and dipped generously into their pockets to ensure a large donation will be made to our two charity beneficiaries form the afternoon.
Everything went as smoothly as could be expected thanks to a raft of volunteers, ably marshalled by our Supporters’ Trust.
The Dulwich Hamlet 2017/18 season charity partner The Copleston Centre will share the money raised with the Brixton-based mental health charity Lambeth & Southwark MIND.
The buckets alone had over nine hundred pounds put into them, and with the profits from the match added a grand total of:
NINE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT POUNDS and SIXTY SIX PENCE
will wend its way to them, each of the two great causes receiving £4,554.33 each!
In addition to this the £252 raised from the ‘50/50’ draw is being donated to Prostate Cancer UK, who are the charity partner of Non League Day. Following on from this we have decided to keep a Prostate Cancer UK collecting tin on the bar for the rest of the season as well.
Football Club Committee community liaison spokesperson Mishi Morath said:
“This is the highest figure ever raised by our fans on this sort of day. I’m always nervous leading up this sort of day because there’s no guarantee we will get a big enough crowd to cover costs, never mind make donations. But once more our fans did the Club proud. I’m not ashamed to admit I was welling up when I found out about the total raised.”
And Football Club Committee chairman Liam Hickey was equally pleased:
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“It’s not just about raising money, it shows our standing and respect in the local community. It was so sweet to see little children handing over coins from their pocket money at the turnstiles, when they’d usually come in free.”
“ Thanks, too, go to our opponents Needham Market, who put several notes into the bucket in the Boardroom; as well as our Supporters’ Trust, who rallied our fans to act as volunteers, shaking the collecting buckets.”