Burnley Football Club in the the Community is the official charity of Burnley Football Club. The charity believes that football has the ability to transform lives for the better, and is committed to helping the local community access projects that cover the areas of sport, education, health, social inclusion and community facilities. To help raise money and awareness so that they continue their amazing work in Burnley, BFC in the Community hosted their second annual Charity Dinner on the night of Friday the 13th of April at The Fence Gate. In attendance were local organisations and businesses who are equally as passionate about the local community as we at +24 are.
The night started off with a drinks reception in the wonderful 18th century inn and hotel’s traditional bar, before things moved into the brasserie dining room. It’s easy to see why The Fence Gate is a Red Rose Award winning venue, as the dining room is spectacular, coming complete with a stage and gin bar, serving some of the inn’s collection of rare gins, real ales, wonderful wines and spirits. Commanding the attention of the room and keeping the evening’s events flowing and guests entertained were the event’s two hosts.
On the places set at the table for each guest were booklets detailing the raffle prizes and auction items that would be available later on in the night, an official BFC in the Community enamel pin, a branded BFCitC pen, a set of claret and blue cards and a submission form to ask Sean Dyche a question for his Q&A session later on in the night.
Before the meal was served, the hosts took the chance to get the guests involved in a game, which included the claret and blue cards, each which represented heads or tails. Guests were to choose a card and predict the heads/tails coin-flip outcome over a span of several rounds, with the last few undefeated players being called onto the dancefloor area before the stage for a final round to determine the game’s victor. After the winner was crowned, the exquisite meal – which consisted of three courses – was served, with raffle envelops being sold throughout the night’s progression and videos featuring the work BFCitC does being shown between courses. The videos detailed the stories of individuals who have benefited from the inspiring work BFC in the Community does. Those featured in the video were in attendance and were awarded Special Recognition awards and were given to Danny Ings Disability Sport Project star Adam Halstead, young Burnley FC Ladies Female Footballer Amber Day, Extra Timer Jackie Bennett and the charity’s newly-appointed Employability Mentor Jordan Pilling.
After the meal, the Sean Dyche interview began. Dyche was asked an array of questions on football, the community and business, one of which came from +24’s own MD, Dave Walker, who asked Sean what advice he would give his 17 year old self. Once all questions were answered, the auction (which included incredible prizes, such as a ‘Turf For Two’ experience and a Dyche-signed BFC shirt) took place, with many items bringing in hundreds and hundreds of pounds for BFC in the Community.
Over the past year, Burnley Football Club in the Community has helped over 25k individuals, raised more than £2,400,000 and seen 5,007 primary school aged children engaged with their Premier League Primary Stars programme over the last 12 months. Players from Burnley Football Clubs make twice as many community visits as any other club in the UK, thanks to the work of BFCitC and the club’s commitment to “inspire, support and deliver change to communities across Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, the Ribble Valley and West Yorkshire”. As Match Day Experience sponsors and Silver Patrons of BFC in the Community, +24 is proud to be involved in this fantastic local charity, and prouder still to see the amazing positive impact this incredible organisation’s work is having locally. The Charity Dinner, which was sponsored by Bowker Motor Group, raised over £32,000 in total and was a huge success for the BFC in the Community.