On Friday Sept 4th, Accrington Stanley launched Save our Stanley http://www.saveourstanley.co.uk, the official campaign to raise money to satisfy HM Revenue and Customs demand for £308,000 in just under eight weeks.
The club will be seeking to tap into the goodwill of all who support Accrington Stanley, whether they be supporters who regularly come to our home games, people who live in and around the town and want to see their local club survive, or people from further afield who have an affection for our famous club and perhaps follow other sides but see us as their second team.
As Chief Exec, Rob Heys explained at the launch:
'We have been heartened by the messages of support, literally from around the globe, reaffirming our belief that there is a strong affinity for our club that goes well beyond the game of football. Fans of other clubs are already making plans to help, perhaps most notably our friends at Bury who are supporting a bucket collection at the weekend and planning to come to our home game against Darlington next Friday, and indeed our own supporters have already started to put plans into action to assist the cause.'
Website and telephone and text fundraising services
The launch of www.saveourstanley.co.uk, will be used to keep supporters updated with regards to activities that will be taking place and totals raised from various events. On it are details of how people can help the club, with the ability to make a donation by post, telephone, text or online.
There is a dedicated telephone service that will collect a one off donation of £1.50 from the caller. The number is 0907 706 4648, and we would specifically hope to appeal to the large number of people that we know that around the country that have an affection for the club. Also supporters can make a one off donation of £5 by texting ACCRINGTON to 80777 or £10 by texting STANLEY to 79988.
Fundraising activities officially started last Saturday with a bucket collection at the match at Bury that will be coordinated by the Stanley Ultras. The club will be working closely with the Ultras in organising a series of bucket collections over the next few weeks.
A calendar of events will soon be posted and maintained on the Save our Stanley website, with details of activities being run by both the club and by supporters. As part of the planned activities, Premiership new boys, Burnley attrcated a 5,000 plus gate for a benefit match held on Wednesday 8th September. This was a very positive start to the campaign.
The next few weeks
There is a lot of work to be done over the next few weeks, and never has the phrase many hands make light work been more prevalent. The club welcomes and indeed needs the support of all who hold our club dear, and officials are confident that together with the help of supporters, the club can raise the money required, get the club back on a secure financial footing and continue to progress in the Football League.