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AFC Bournemouth's Cherries Community Fund distribute second batch of funds into the community

A young football team with their cheque presented by the Cherries Community Fund.

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The fund, which was officially launched in February 2016, aims to provide financial assistance to projects that help vulnerable groups, young people, or those that promote a healthy lifestyle in Bournemouth.

AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn, head of community Steve Cuss and Cherries' winger Marc Pugh meet quarterly to see which worthy causes to donate to.

Funding for the Cherries Community Fund comes from the popular Matchday Draw and other club donations.

The next set of funds have been distributed as below:

- £582 to Ringwood Town Football Club to help complete a number of tasks necessary for the club’s ground to reach the grading standard of the Wessex League. 


- £500 towards new flooring at Joy Café, a youth and community café in Churchill Gardens, Boscombe. 


- £1,000 to Dorchester Middle School, Physical Disability Garden Project. The funds will be used by the school to renovate the current garden area and turn it into a sensory garden, and also provide a wheelchair accessible area for children to use during breaks and lunchtime.


- £649.99 to the Shimmie Theatre, a theatre based in Winton for adults with learning disabilities and dementia. The money the fund have donated will go towards transport cost for members to attend workshop that runs over 3 weeks, and a projector to enable the group to engage further; and as a larger group with the theme to create a performance piece. 


- £480 to Kings Park Dynamos Youth FC to assist with playing kit for the newly formed U10s team.


- £500 contribution to Poole Town U10s team, to purchase a new playing kit for both U10 teams. 


- £500 contribution to Bournemouth School for Girls to purchase new 11-a-side goals. 


- £1,000 to Life Education Wessex to assist with the day-to-day running of the healthy lifestyles project for Bournemouth’s children, which is currently received by over 30,000 children across Dorset every year. 


- Signed shirt to Paul Delaney who has recently run the London Marathon to raise funds for Meningitis Now in memory of former AFC Bournemouth player Dave Coleman.


AFC Bournemouth chairman Mostyn said: "We’re delighted to get our second batch of funding out into the local community.

"It really is a great thing to see all of these different organisations help make an impact on people’s lives.

"As we continue to show progression on the pitch, it’s also important that – as a Premier League club – we continue to have an impact in the community and that’s what the Cherries Community Fund is all about."

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