Cheltenham Sunday League leaves legacy for charities
WHEN a long-running football league was forced to close down, its members wanted to make sure they left a lasting legacy for local charities.
Cheltenham Sunday League disbanded at the end of the season last year due to a sharp decline in the number of teams taking part.
Over the years, the clubs in the league had raised money for charities through an annual knock-out competition.
At the last meeting of the 44-year-old league, the remaining members decided to donate that year's fund of £9,500 to two charities for people with disabilities.
This week, the St Vincent's & St George's Association and National Star College each received a cheque for £4,750 from the league.
Roger Burden, who was chairman of the league, said: "At our last meeting of the clubs they asked that we would make the donations to these two organisations because they do such good work in the community."
National Star College in Ullenwood provides education opportunities and general support for people with all kinds of disabilities.
Kate Green, the director of fundraising, said: "We are thrilled that the Sunday league has chosen us to be one of the beneficiaries.
"The majority of our 160 students take part in sport here, and this money will go towards our comprehensive sport programme."
St Vincent's & St George's in Cheltenham provides care and support for people with disabilities and health conditions.
Becky Jenkins, the business development manager, said: "We were really touched that the league thought of us for the donations.
"We have just opened a new activity centre, Phoenix, in Winchcombe Street, and the money will go towards providing more activities for the around 70 people who use the centre. so it's going to make a really positive difference."