Health-on-Line have announced their sponsorship of The Dorset Children’s Foundation’s first ever FA registered football team for children with disabilities. Open to children with varying levels of disability, the new team was revealed by the local charity at their family fun day which coincided with Health-on-Line’s yearly Football Tournament.
The private medical insurer’s sponsorship enables the charity’s fully inclusive and accessible football team to be coached by professionals affiliated by the FA and play once a week in a non-competitive match.
Patsy Hallmey, co-founder of Dorset Children’s Foundation said: “The Dorset Children’s Foundation are just so delighted that Health-on-Line has chosen to sponsor our football team, this has given our children, including those most profoundly disabled, the amazing opportunity to participate in the ‘beautiful game’.
“Our parents never thought that their kids could ever be part of a football team and your support has made this dream actually happen. We are all truly grateful.”
Health-on-Line’s sponsorship announcement feeds into their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, where, as one of the largest employers in Bournemouth, they’re dedicated to investing back into the community, as well as supporting local charities each year.
Over the last four years they’ve donated more than £40,000 to their nominated charities which are chosen by their staff each year. Since February this year they have been raising funds for both Dorset Children’s Foundation and Dorset Mind through various fundraising activities, including the Bournemouth Bay Run.
The Dorset Children's Foundation was set up in 2013 to improve the lives of local sick and disabled children and since then have donated over £500,000 to local children. They are a small, independent charity and fund medical expenses, mobility equipment and therapies not covered by the NHS. They also grant life-enriching experiences, to create special memories that last longer than a lifetime.
The Dorset Children’s Foundation also provide Accessible for All sports and inclusive activities for disabled children. They have created a network of support for parents in a similar situation and the opportunity for families to get together.
Their three charity shops in Bournemouth cover their modest overheads so every single penny donated goes directly to the children.
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