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Menace supports Hope 2020 campaign and Black Lives Matter

Menace supports Hope 2020 campaign and Black Lives Matter

Duncan Hart5 Oct 2020 - 11:50
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Showing our support to Black Lives Matter and the Hope 2020 campaign on 10 October and beyond.

Peckham Town FC will be showing our support to the Damilola Taylor’s Trust ‘Hope 2020 campaign’ on Saturday 10 October. Ten year old Damilola Taylor dreamed of being a Doctor. Shortly before his untimely death in Peckham on 27th November 2000 he wrote of his hope to change the World. The 20th anniversary campaign is dedicated to young people and their aspirational stories of ambition and hope. The kind of young person Damilola was turning into.

Damilola’s father, Richard Taylor OBE, will attend the match and speak at a short event at 2.15pm, ahead of kick off versus Stansfeld (O&B). Mr Taylor will also unveil a new 10m banner that demonstrates the club’s support to Black Lives Matter, and will be a feature at the entrance to the ground. The former England youth international, Cherno Samba, will also be at the match to show his support.

The banner and event has been made possible by their kind sponsorship of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation. Rio was born and raised in Peckham, so supporting this event was a natural fit. The Foundation and Peckham Town FC share a similar ethos, as both seek to support young people to be independent, take control of their lives and achieve their full potential.

Andrew Ducille, Head of London programmes for the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, said “We are proud to be involved with Peckham Town FC in supporting both Black Lives Matter and the Hope 2020 campaign here in Southwark, and its fantastic to see local clubs supporting these important causes. The ethos of Peckham Town in supporting young people and communities reflects our own, and we see this as a start of a longer term partnership between the club and the Foundation."

Bryan Hall, Chairman of Peckham Town FC, said “We have a rich history of supporting young people in Peckham fulfil their potential, and naturally young black people are a big part of that. The Black Lives Matter movement has had a big impact on me and our club this year. Change is well overdue, and I hope that the movement is the beginning of a journey. The Hope 2020 campaign is an important part of this. I am pleased that we can do our little bit to keep the momentum going.”

We broke our attendance record at our last home league game when 184 supporters turned up. Social distancing was still very much possible, as our ground can hold an estimated 1500 people. We hope to break the 200 mark for the Stansfeld match, so please do turn out and show your support to your club, Hope 2020 campaign and Black Lives Matter. Entrance is just £3 for adults (cash or card), and U16s can attend for free.

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