Lincoln City Football Club’s Tom Hopper, on behalf of the First Team, launched a fundraising challenge on Sunday Night in aid of local charity FiSH.
FiSH, Food in School Holidays, is a Lincoln-based charity that provides food vouchers to families in need. Inspired by Marcus Rashfords national efforts Lincoln City’s first team wanted to spearhead a local effort to ensure no child goes hungry in Lincoln.
Launching with an open letter from Tom Hopper to the community of Lincoln, Tom had this to say.
An open letter to the Community of Lincoln,
Almost one-third of children in the UK live in poverty – that is around nine in the average classroom. The situation is predicted to get worse, with the number set to rise to almost five million by the end of this year. In Lincoln alone, there are an estimated 2000 children who will qualify for free school meals, but that figure does not cover those working families on a lower income who are struggling to make ends meet.
I, along with my teammates at Lincoln City Football Club, want to do something to help our community. Inspired by the work of Premier League Footballer Marcus Rashford, we have teamed up with Lincoln City Foundation and Lincolnshire Charity FiSH (Food in School Holidays) to kick off The Move for Meals Challenge, because no child should go hungry in the county of Lincolnshire.
FiSH have identified 446 children in our local area, who will not qualify for the government’s summer meals funding but are still very much in need. To support those children with their £10 meal voucher every six weeks they need £26,760. These vouchers are a ‘lifeline’ to so many local families in our area.
We will be challenging ourselves and you to get moving to help raise £20k for the FiSH project. Walk, run, swim, cycle, dance, or set your own challenge to get moving for those meals. Can you do 10K, donate £10 and nominate your friends to do the same? Every £10 donated is a £10 meal voucher for a Lincoln Child in need. If you can do more, even better!
Lincoln City Foundation are helping us to collect the donations via their Just Giving Platform, the link is in my Instagram bio so that we can help FiSH fund not only the Summer Holidays but also help children in October Half-Term and the Christmas Holidays. All of my team-mates will also be sharing this Just Giving link on their social media accounts.
Join the Move for Meals Challenge and together, we can help to feed the children of Lincoln. #Impsasone
Thank you in advance for your support,
Tom Hopper (on behalf of all the players at Lincoln City FC)
As a small local initiative FiSH do not have the resources to fundraise via Just Giving, so Lincoln City Foundation was more than happy to support by offering their Just Giving Platform and fundraising expertise to the campaign. Foundation Marketing Manger Elizabeth Welch had this to say.
‘FiSH is a fantastic project and we were thrilled to support the players in their campaign. The campaign itself aligns with our charities mission encouraging people to get active and moving, so anything we can do to promote that we are fully behind.’
People wanting to support the challenge are encouraged to set their own movement challenge and challenge their friends to do the same. The players will be taking on their own movement challenges, so keep an eye on their social media channel over the next few months.
Charlotte Hickerton, Head Teacher of St. Peter-at-Gowts CE Primary School is thrilled with the move for meal campaign.
"The charity 'FISH' provides a lifeline to so many families in the Sincil Bank area. During school holidays, as a school we often worry that families will not be able to afford healthy meals for their children. But with the vouchers, it gives families a lift - it combines charity with dignity - giving families the freedom to choose what they need at local food stores. It keeps poverty away and protects our most vulnerable children.
I cannot recommend a better charity than FiSH which directly helps the lives of the most vulnerable and needy children and their families in Lincoln. I urge anyone who can to support their work to do so, knowing that the money goes directly to those who need it most within our community."
To get involved visit The Move for Meals Just Giving page.