Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is delighted to confirm that £750 has been donated to the Charlton Upbeats from the Protest Fund set up by a group of Charlton fans.
Following the sale of Charlton Athletic to East Street Investments, the Protest Fund, which some Charlton fans donated money to in order to protest about the ownership of former owner Roland Duchâtelet, has distributed funds to a range of charities and causes, including the Upbeats.
Alan Davis, who was involved in distributing money from the Protest Fund, explained why the group chose the Upbeats.
“We felt it was important that the money raised for protests now go to causes that support the strengthening of the relationship between the fans, the club and the community, to help in the healing process after the recent years of alienation”, he said.
“Throughout this period the Upbeats have been a source of great pride and pleasure to all Charlton fans and their smiles have lit up some very dark days. We are delighted to show our appreciation by making this donation.”
Terry Peart, CACT’s Mental Health and Disability Coordinator, said:
“Many thanks for the donation and the very kind words for the Upbeats. The money will help in shaping a residential trip for the Upbeats as we trialled last year that was gratefully received by their parents.”
In September, the Upbeats went to Centre Parcs for their first residential trip, an enriching experience which helped increase confidence of the individuals involved.
The Upbeats programme for children and adults with Down’s syndrome has been running since 2008, and is entirely run on voluntary donations.
This year’s annual Upbeats Walk will take place on Saturday 25 April, when Charlton host Wigan Athletic. Keep an eye on cact.org.uk for updates.