Dons announce new Hospice link

MK Dons and Willen Hospice charity partnership logo
MK Dons and Willen Hospice charity partnership logo

MILTON Keynes Dons have announced they will be partnering with Willen Hospice for the 2011/2012 football season.

The news comes after the Football League began an initiative which saw pick Help the Hospices as their Official Charity Partner.

The club will now help to raise awareness and funds for the Hospice and they have already dedicated two home fixtures this season to supporting the Hospice with various donations.

At the games against Notts County on October 1 and Exeter on March 10 season ticket holders will be able to donate their five per cent discount in the club shop directly to the charity.

They will also have bucket collectors at both games with Hospice mascot Florence Moo joining forces with her MK Dons counterparts Donny and Mooie to provide match day entertainment.

Staff from the Hospice will also be at the Family Fun Day which will be held at the stadium on Saturday, October 22. They will have a stand telling people about the good work that goes on there.

Chairman of the MK Dons, Pete Winkelman, said: “Having seen first hand what fantastic work Willen Hospice does in providing palliative care to the local community, I would strongly urge supporters to back this cause in whatever way they can.

“We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the Hospice and hope that the money they raise from their first October collection and the week in March will continue to benefit residents of Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.”

Chief executive of Willen Hospice, Paul Hinson, said: “We are delighted that MK Dons have chosen Willen Hospice as their Football League’s Official Charity Partner for the 2011/12 season. 

“Willen Hospice only receives 23 per cent of our funding from the Primary Care Trust which means we have to raise £3.2 million a year to enable us to continue to provide our free services to the community of Milton Keynes. 

“With the MK Dons’ support we hope this will help us achieve our vision, to be the lasting and thriving provider of free care to all people affected by life limiting illness in our community. 

“We would like to thank them for their continued support.”