Thursday, 12 May 2011

PULMAN SEAT GETS BEHIND SAFC FOUNDATION

Pulman SEAT has underlined its commitment to the community by announcing its backing for the SAFC Foundation.

Pulman SEAT in Burntland Avenue, Southwick, will support the important work of the Premiership club Sunderland’s official charity with a financial contribution.

The contribution will be put towards the Foundation’s efforts to harness the power of football and use it to run projects designed to to increase the motivation, educational attainment and personal skills of young people and their families throughout the region.  In addition, the dealership will also sponsor the Foundation’s Under 10s Irish team.

Announcing the sponsorship, Pulman SEAT Site Manager, Chris Slater, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be able to support the fantastic work of the SAFC Foundation.

‘Everyone at the dealership lives in this community and we’ve all seen first-hand the brilliant work the Foundation does to help young people and families in the local area.

‘This sponsorship is a real source of pride for us and we look forward to playing our part in developing the community.’

Since its inception in 2001, the SAFC Foundation has made massive strides in tackling the problems of deprived areas, such as low educational standards, lack of achievement and aspirations, health issues and youth disorder.

Last year, the Foundation helped over 40,000 children and their families across Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham through innovative projects, advancing literacy and numeracy and improving confidence and aspirations, as well as raising awareness of citizenship issues and improving employment skills.

Structurally and financially independent of Sunderland AFC, the SAFC Foundation relies on fundraising for 95% of project costs.

Lynsey Thompson, Head of Development at the SAFC Foundation, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted that Pulman SEAT have chosen to support their community through our work.

‘The support of Pulman SEAT and our other community partners is invaluable and will help us to achieve that goal for the benefit of the whole region.’

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