Sheffield United Charity Policy
Sheffield United recognises the importance and hard work of charities and community fundraising groups around the UK, as well as the positive impact that the club can have to help generate revenues for these good causes.
The club currently receive well over 1,000 requests for donations to charitable causes each year and the club is committed to delivering assistance where possible and as such has this charity policy in place to facilitate the process.
Sheffield United FC is committed to working with the local community and supporting our local nominated charities through the provision of club merchandise, a limited number of Category B match day ticket vouchers, and occasionally hospitality packages, all for the purposes of fund raising i.e. for auctions and raffles.
The club has four nominated charities that we support each season. Currently, these are The Sheffield Children's Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, St Luke's Hospice, and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. This season the Club will also offer local support mental health charity Sheffield MIND, in line with the national EFL directive.
Sheffield United FC also aims to support local charities within a 20-mile radius of Sheffield. 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' at selected home fixtures for its 5 nominated charities. These collections and one for the EFL nominated charity, are the only bucket collections the club can support and therefore charities should not contact the club request a bucket collection.
Occasionally, supporters may wish to purchase a shirt or ball for signing by a player or players and the club will give preference to such requests if the funds being raised are for one of its nominated charities. Such requests must have been made in writing and must have been approved by the club's 'charity request team' on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the approval of such requests is at the sole discretion of Sheffield United FC.
Any other requests for assistance will only be considered if made in writing to email@example.com
The club policy is to not provide direct monetary donations.
Requests regarding difficult or tragic personal circumstances will be considered by the club and these should be addressed to Club Engagement Officer John Garrett on firstname.lastname@example.org who will provide an appropriate response on behalf of the club.
All charitable requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance of the event.
All requests must be made in writing to the club, via email* to email@example.com or in a letter to Charity Requests, Sheffield United FC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU.
No telephone requests will be accepted.
Written requests can be made and posted to the club or handed into the stadium.
All requests should include the following information:
- The charity name, address and charity number (where applicable)
- Your contact name, email/postal address and contact phone number
- Type of event - some background for the donations request
- Day, Date, Time and Location of event
- A supporting letter of confirmation from the charity you are raising funds for
*All email requests must always include a postal address.
Applications from local schools must be received directly from the school address on official headed paper and not from a home address on behalf of the school.
Charity requests will be considered by the club on a regular basis and successful requests will be responded to accordingly (usually via email and within 4 weeks of receipt of the request).
The club cannot guarantee fulfilment of each request due to the high volume we receive.
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 six 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, such as no postal address is included.