A Nottingham charity has recently launched a new fundraising campaign to encourage local people to support its work. Notts County FC Football in the Community (FITC) is urging members of the public to become one of its army of fundraisers so they can be named as one of its “Knights of Notts”.
As a stand-alone charity, which is financially independent of Notts County FC, FITC carries out a vast amount of life-changing, ground breaking work all around Nottingham. This requires a significant effort on behalf of its fundraising team who work with a variety of funders, such as charitable trusts, links to professional football and commissioned services through the NHS, Nottingham City Council and other public sector bodies.
FITC is working to build up a supporter base of local people and businesses to contribute to its work by fundraising to enable the charity to continue to deliver its work and have an impact locally. For charities like FITC, local fundraisers are vital.
To achieve these aims, FITC has recruited a new position and appointed Neil Kelly as its Events and Partnerships Officer. Neil’s role involves organising specific FITC events (listed below) or supporting fundraisers through other external events.
Neil said: “I hope to be able to help FITC sustain its current work by supporting members of the public to become involved in our work. We hope to be able to deliver a number of new projects as a result of the efforts of local fundraisers. We’ve introduced the title “Knights of Notts” to encourage people and recognise them for their efforts. To receive a “knighthood”, people need to raise money for FITC and tell us which of our award winning projects they’d like their funding to go towards. It doesn’t matter which football team people support or even whether they like football or not. We deliver a range of different sports and physical activity projects to people who need our support.”
Tim Hatton, Senior Manager at FITC said: “All funding that is raised through our Knights of Notts campaign will go directly on projects currently being delivered in and around Nottingham, helping us sustain FITC’s future. Many people do not understand the depth and scale of our work, so fundraising is crucial for organisation and all those members of public locally who rely on us. This includes projects as diverse as our mental health work, cancer rehabilitation, weight management, healthy lifestyle and education projects.”