Over 500 Dons’ fans have already been bolstered by a phone call from the Club in the last week. Whether from a Club representative, a former player or a first team player, these check‐in calls have been the highlight of the day for elderly fans during the coronavirus imposed lock‐down.
Acknowledging the value of these calls and the deliveries of food and essentials to the most vulnerable in the community, the Club is working even more closely with AFCCT, to reach as many fans as possible.
To enable the Trust to continue this valuable community outreach programme AFC board directors, have pledged to donate 10% of the total revenues generated by the sale of season tickets, throughout April, to the Trust.
Liz Bowie, chief executive of AFC Community Trust, said: “We’re absolutely blown away by the generosity of the AFC Directors. If AFC fans continue to purchase season tickets throughout April at the rate they have been recently, then the Trust will benefit enormously and, as a result, will be in a position to provide even more support to the wider community. It’s a win win situation for both the Club and the community.”
Representatives from AFC and the Trust will be increasing the number of calls made every day to reach a target of speaking to 12,000 fans throughout April and May.
Generous Dons’ fans have rallied behind the Club’s #StillStandingFree campaign, pledging over £10,000 in donations to AFCCT, who have already delivered packages of food and essentials to 1000+ vulnerable children and families throughout city & shire.
Meanwhile, elderly fans have been surprised and delighted to receive phone calls from assistant manager ‐ Tony Docherty, Dons Legend ‐ Neil Simpson, AFC Captain ‐ Joe Lewis, along with other first team players including Andrew Considine and Shay Logan.
AFC Chairman, Dave Cormack, has made several calls himself. He said: “I’ve spoken to several fans who are self‐isolating, reminiscing about their Pittodrie memories and sharing our favourite football moments. This underlines the power of football in bringing people together.
“The overwhelmingly positive response from the fans in the last week or so has been amazing. The Red Army has really thrown its weight behind our community campaign. The Directors are pleased to be in a position to reward that through our pledge to the Trust.
“We are living through an unprecedented global crisis where everyone is concerned about the health and well‐being of their families and worried about their jobs and their financial position. Yet, Dons’ fans are supporting the work of the Trust and our campaign. It is truly humbling.”
(Update provided by Aberdeen FC Community Trust)