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Blooms proud to support PACE at testimonial

15 July 2014

Aylesbury-based charity to benefit from collection ahead of Chelsea clash.

Matt Bloomfield is delighted to be supporting the PACE charity at his testimonial fixture against Chelsea on Wednesday night, in the form of a collection outside the ground ahead of kick-off.

The midfielder visited the charity’s headquarters in Aylesbury on Tuesday to meet staff and children from the charity, which transforms the lives of children and young people with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy.

He said: “It’s such an amazing place with some incredible people and I was honoured to be able to go there and meet them.

“The work that they do makes such a positive difference to the lives of young people and I’m really pleased that they’ll have the opportunity to raise important funds on a special occasion at Adams Park.

“I’d like to urge our fans to donate whatever they can to this fantastic cause, to help children with physical disabilities become as independent as possible in their current and future lives.”

PACE supports just over 100 children, of all ages up to 18, including six families from High Wycombe, with a further seven from the local area of Amersham, Great Missenden, Penn and Princes Risborough, with many more supported in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding counties across Southern England, including North London.

In addition to their work with children, they work closely with families to ensure that they get the day-to-day guidance, counselling and practical help they need to support their children’s development. They are committed to providing a voice to children with physical disabilities and their families and to being an advocate on their behalf.

Supporters can donate to the collection around the stadium at Adams Park, or online at Alternatively, text donations are accepted by sending the message ‘PACE08 £5’ to 70070.

Just £10 could pay for 2 hours’ rental of a specially configured trike to foster independent motor co-ordination; £20 could pay for a soft bowling set to encourage motor skills and hand/eye co-ordination, or £50 can pay for a grasp bar, for children to practice standing, sitting and posture.

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