Wycombe Wanderers are delighted to enter a fourth year of its partnership with the Chilterns MS Centre, and are inviting its Official Medical Charity Partner to mark the occasion by collecting donations from supporters at Adams Park ahead of Saturday’s League 1 fixture against Sunderland.
Based in Wendover, the charity supports people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) from across Buckinghamshire and neighbouring counties, and houses an oxygen chamber which is frequently used by Chairboys players during their recovery from injury.
The Centre receives less than 10% of its funding from the NHS, and therefore relies heavily on the support of its local community by reaching out to new members, corporate supporters, volunteers and fundraisers, and receiving donations from the public.
Mark Palmer, management consultant at Wycombe Wanderers, said: “This has been a really important partnership for the club, not just in terms of the provision of facilities to our players during their injuries, which has been a huge benefit to our medical team, but also providing an opportunity for the club to give back to its community and support an incredibly worthwhile cause.
“Many of us will know someone living with MS, and we believe that Wycombe Wanderers can play an important role in raising funds and also awareness of how the Centre can help those people and their families.
“Our fans have contributed thousands of pounds in total during previous collections on matchdays at Adams Park, and we hope they can dig deep once again to pledge their support to our medical charity partner.”
Sharon Cooper, corporate fundraising manager at the Chilterns MS Centre, said: “We’re extremely proud of our partnership with Wycombe Wanderers and are thrilled to be attending the match on Saturday to meet supporters and collect donations which will help us reach our goals.
“We have more than 550 members with MS, which is an unpredictable and often disabling disease with no known cure. We help people to manage their symptoms to remain as independent as possible and live happier and healthier lives through physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, oxygen, complementary and occupational therapies.
“It costs the charity more than £1m to meet the needs of the local MS community, which is of course a huge sum of money, but just £30 could pay for oxygen for a day and help up to 20 people feel more energised to do something that they love. If every fan at Adams Park on Saturday could give just 50p, that would keep enough oxygen pumping in the chamber for an entire football season, so thank you very much in advance to everyone who is able to support us.”
To find out more about the work they do, or their fundraising opportunities, visit chilternsmscentre.org or pop in and see them at the Centre in Wendover.