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Charity Policy

PUBLISHED

09:00 21st August 2013

Sheffield United FC is committed to working with the local community and supporting local charities through the provision of club merchandise, Category B/C match day tickets and occasionally hospitality packages, all for the purposes of fund raising i.e. for auctions and raffles.


Sheffield United has four nominated charities that we support each year, these are The Sheffield Children's Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, St Luke's Hospice, and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. The club works closely with their respective charity departments to help raise funds where possible.


The commitment to our four nominated charities does not preclude the club from supporting other local charities and good causes where appropriate. The club may make special provisions for exceptional cases and some national campaigns.


Sheffield United FC supports local charities in Sheffield and surrounding areas within a 20 mile radius. Due to the high volume of requests, the club unfortunately cannot support requests from outside the local area.


Prior to the start of each season, the club will organise charity 'bucket collections' for selected home games throughout the season with certain nominated charities. The charities will be informed of their designated 'bucket collection' date which will allow a platform in which to raise funds for their given charity.
*These collections have all been selected and arranged for season 2013/14.


Process:


All charitable requests must be submitted at least five weeks in advance of the event.


All requests must be made in writing to the club, preferably via email to charityrequests@sufc.co.uk or in writing to Charity Requests, Sheffield United FC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU. No telephone requests will be accepted. Written requests, via post or handed into the stadium, must be submitted on the organisation's official letterhead.


The request should include the following information:


- The organisation's name, address and charity number (where applicable)
- Contact name, email/postal address and contact phone number
- Type of event - some background for the donations request
- Day, Date, Time
- Event location
- Beneficiary of the funds raised


Charity requests will be considered by the club on a fortnightly basis and responded to accordingly (usually via email).


The club cannot guarantee fulfilment of each request due to the high volume we receive however will certainly do our best to meet each requirement.


The club stresses that it must have at least five weeks notice in advance of the event.


Reasons for declining your request may include:


The charity is based outside the local community of Sheffield and its catchment area (20 mile radius).


Short notice - the request has been received with less than five weeks notice.


The season is closed and therefore the request cannot be processed in time to meet the required deadline.


There is insufficient written evidence to support the request.

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