Football League begins search for 2012/13 Charity Partner
Tue 29th Nov 2011 | Marketing & PR
Fans, clubs and League staff will vote to select next season’s official charity
The Football League is calling on fans to help select its Official Charity Partner for the 2012/13 Season with the launch of an online vote.
From 89 applications, six charities have been shortlisted to follow in the footsteps of Help for Heroes, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices - the previous and current League charities.
The 2012/13 shortlisted charities are: Anthony Nolan, British Heart Foundation, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, NSPCC, The Prostate Cancer Charity and St John Ambulance.
Alongside fans, the Chief Executive of every Football League club and each member of staff at The League will also vote for their preferred organisation.
“The Football League is committed to supporting good causes, especially those demonstrating close community links in and around our 72 clubs," said Football League Head of Communications, John Nagle.
"We have seen fantastic support from fans and clubs for our charity partners during the past three seasons and we see their input at this stage as an integral part of the selection process.
“The quality of entries was again exceptionally high and each of the shortlisted charities will make a difference to the communities around our clubs. I would encourage all fans to take the time to read the shortlist and make their selection."
The vote will stay open for a week and a half, closing at midday on Wednesday 7 December.
The charities will then be ranked by number of votes received - the most popular receiving six points, the second five points and so on.
The totals will then be calculated from all three groups with the winner ratified by The Football League Board.
The six charities:
In 90 minutes, four people in the UK will be diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia. For many, a blood stem cell transplant is their only hope.
We match these children and adults with remarkable volunteers willing to donate their stem cells to save their lives.
Help us provide more lifesaving matches in your local community. Vote Anthony Nolan.
British Heart Foundation
On the terraces more of your fellow supporters will die from heart and circulatory disease than any other illness. Chris was just 35 when he suffered a heart attack whilst playing football. 'BHF were my lifeline, a BHF funded defibrillator saved my life, without them I would not be alive today to see my four children grow up.’ Please help us to save even more lives.
Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research
Help give blood cancers the red card. We need your vote to save lives. Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and sadly only half of them survive. Vote for us and help us save the lives of the kids, mums, dads, grannies and granddads who fight these terrible diseases every day.
Some children don’t realise that every childhood is not like theirs.
With your support, the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service will educate 250,000 primary school children about abuse, bullying and neglect, how to protect themselves and where to turn for help.
Please vote for us and make a lasting difference to the lives of children in your local community.
The Prostate Cancer Charity
SPEND NEXT SEASON SAVING MENS’ LIVES
It’s Saturday afternoon. Between you walking through the turnstiles, watching the game, having a half-time burger, and leaving the ground, two men have been killed by prostate cancer ... the most common cancer in men. Our specialist nurses help thousands of men with the disease and we fund scientists to find the answers. Vote to save mens’ lives.
St John Ambulance
Every year, up to 150,000* people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.
As the nation's leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance believes that first aid skills should be available to everyone, which is why we teach it to as many people as possible - in the community, in the workplace, and to young people.
We also campaign to raise awareness of the importance of first aid, equip the public with first aid information and encourage everyone to join us in our cause.
Anyone can be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Will you?
*Source: death registration data from the Office of National Statistics, 2008 (for England and Wales).
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