Congratulations to Reserve Team Manager Chris Parsons who was honoured with a Young Volunteer Award at the Harlequin Theatre the other evening by Reigate & Banstead Council.
Chris has organised fundraising events in the past but his biggest contribution came in the last year when he recognised the power of the football club has within the community and he saw an opportunity to use this, to support local charities who had been struggling for donations throughout lockdown.
He gathered a small group of volunteers and built a “drive through donation centre” at the club where hundreds of local people drove in with their donations in the boot of their cars, and the volunteers who were in masks and gloves, would take the donation out. Chris spread the word about the event through social media where local musicians “Disclosure” retweeted and local radio stations also got involved.
St Catherine’s Hospice couldn’t believe how much had been collected and the event stocked Loveworks Food Bank for over a week.
Loveworks have remained a partner at the club having added their logo to the teams tracksuits.