On Saturday 27th April, Helen Stuart (Community Co-ordinator), Sarah McManus (Commercial Assistant) and Sale Sharks famous mascot, Sharky, attended the fundraising charity match between the Wilmslow Ravens and Greater Manchester Police and managed to raise a quick £50 for the campaign, by selling squares for a £1.00, with the winner being the lucky person to match the co-ordinates in the sealed envelope - well done to Rob Long who won (he was a visitor, on tour to Wilmslow that day!)
Afterwards, George (The Ravens Chief Campaigner) said "We raised just shy of £500 today, which is unbelievable. Not to mention the £50 from the grid, and the £350 raised for the ball and shirt that was signed by the players! Your support has been overwhelming. We as a charity are just over the £20,000 mark now and I cannot thank you and your team enough for all your help along the way, and really buying into what we are trying to do for the Starlight Ward. Thanks again and I'll keep you posted with all our progress."
This support was enabled by the Sharks Community Connections Partnership, which among other benefits entitles it's partners to hold a bucket collection based on 100 individual ticket sales. Additionally, the charity ball and shirt were signed by all the players (the fee for which Community waived in this instance) and the attendance at the Wilmslow match was done voluntarily by the Sharks' personnel.