Ipswich Town Charitable Requests Policy
Charity liaison is overseen by the Club’s Public Relations Manager, Jade Cole who can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure you have read the following information before getting in contact.
At Ipswich Town Football Club we take great pride in our community. We understand that just like the support we receive from our fans; our support can make a real difference to individual causes, local schools and charitable organisations, whether it’s backing a campaign, promoting an event or donating a prize to aid fundraising.
Over the past few years, there has been a huge increase in the demand put upon the Club to support charitable causes from local level through to national campaigns. As with any business, limitations on staff, budgets and resources does mean that we are restricted on the level of support we can offer. With this in mind, we have developed a number of community projects and charitable partnerships in which we centre our efforts.
ITFC Education Programme
Launched by Mick McCarthy and Cole Skuse in October 2014, the ITFC Education Programme is the pinnacle of the Club’s community work. Focused upon using football to inspire Primary School children with their reading and writing, the free programme offers local schools the chance to become a ‘Friend of ITFC’. Those schools who sign up to the partnership receive a number of benefits including; a pair of season tickets, signed memorabilia and access to one of the Club’s creative writing projects (relevant to KS2 literacy national curriculum)which involves a chance for the children to interview an Ipswich Town player or attend a home game as a ‘journalist’.
For more information on the ITFC Education Programme, please click here or email email@example.com
Ipswich Hospital Charity
A new partnership for the 2015/16 season, the Club has teamed up with the recently re-structured charity of Ipswich hospital which now encompasses all its charitable activities together under one organisation.
ITFC work to support the Charity by raising awareness of their endeavours, assisting with fundraising and arranging for players to visit the hospital as well. For more information on the charity click here or keep up-to-date with their latest news via facebook.com/ipswichhospitalcharity.
Suffolk Punch Trust
The Suffolk Punch Horse is a huge part of the Club’s history and is a significant symbol of Suffolk and the county’s heritage. We proudly support the Suffolk Punch Trust who work to protect the future of the endangered breed, safeguarding Suffolk’s unique rural history and we are delighted that they have named their newest foal after Town mascot Bluey. For more information on the Suffolk Punch Trust, please click here.
For many years it has been Club tradition for the players at Ipswich Town Football Club to visit local children’s wards and hospices every year at Christmas time. Players generously donate funds to buy gifts for patients who are receiving care over the festive season along with items to assist with the day to day running of the wards. The team visit the children’s wards at Ipswich Hospital, West Suffolk Hospital and Colchester Hospital, along with the St. Elizabeth, St. Nicholas Hospices and the East Anglian Children’s Hospice taking with them the presents they have bought.
Additional Charitable Support
In addition to the work we do with our charity partners, we do our best to support local charitable causes too through the donation of a ticket voucher which can be used to raise funds. Please note we are not able to donate signed memorabilia or arrange for items to be signed. You can purchase signed merchandise by visiting www.itfcdirect.com.
Before we are able to commit to a prize donation, we do require a letter from the charity confirming you are raising funds on their behalf. The letter needs be on the charity’s headed paper stating their registered charity number and reference your endeavours including the date of your event.
If the cause you are fundraising for has been given Exempt Charity Status, then please ask the organisation to provide a letter including their Exempt Reference Number instead.
Please send your request along with the required documents as outlined above to:
Ipswich Town Football Club
Suffolk IP1 2DA
Whilst we endeavour to assist as many charitable causes as possible, in the past few years there has been a huge increase in the number of requests we have received. Regrettably our budget is limited and despite there being many worthy causes, we simply can’t assist everyone. We therefore are only able to support causes within a thirty-five mile radius of Ipswich Town Football Club.
Matchday Bucket Collection
Together with Ipswich Borough Council we permit one charity to collect outside the Portman Road stadium on a matchday. The collection will take place an-hour-and-a-half prior to kick-off only with up to a maximum of 16 collectors.
Matches are allocated on a first come first serve basis from 1 July 2015. Please note only registered charities are able to hold a bucket collection.
To apply to collect outside the Portman Road stadium please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Team Player Visits
First team player visits are always in high demand and the time we have with our players for community appearances is very limited due to their demanding training schedules.
As we feel it would be unfair to accommodate some requests and not others, we focus the time our players do have available on Club community events. This includes visits to local schools through the Club’s education programme; work with our charity partners, hospital visits, Official Supporters’ Club and Junior Blues events along with meet and greet opportunities in our Planet Blue store and at various locations connected with our sponsors and partners.
With this in mind, regrettably we aren’t in a position to accommodate any additional requests for our Manager or players to participate in a community appearance.
Saying Goodbye to a loved one
It’s always sad when we hear that a member of our Ipswich Town family is no longer with us and we always try our very best to provide support to family and friends during this difficult time because we understand how important the Club has been to them during their lifetime.
As we have lots of caring fans who would like to involve ITFC in service arrangements, it does mean we are limited on what we can offer but this is so we can support as many people as possible.
We can't accommodate the scattering of ashes anywhere inside the Portman Road stadium.
Lots of people like to include a condolence message in one of the matchday programme. If this is something you would like to do please send a few words and a photo (if you would like to) to email@example.com. Please note photos must be sent as a jpeg attachment and be at least 200KB in size.
We receive many requests for signed shirts and other memorabilia items and unfortunately our budgets don’t enable us to accommodate these particular requests. You can purchase a variety of signed items via www.itfcdirect.com with all proceeds donated to the Club’s charity fund which supports our charitable partners, community endeavours and Academy.
We do offer the loan of a custom-made Ipswich Town coffin drape for the funeral service which can be borrowed for up to seven days. We require a £250 cash deposit payable on collection from our main reception at Portman Road (access via Constantine Road), which will be refunded in full when the drape is returned to us in the same condition.
Should this be of interest to you, please contact Edwina Sesto on (01473) 400500 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange. Please note collection and return is Monday to Thursday 0930-1630 only.
Whilst we don’t wish to charge for use of the drape, if you would like to make a donation to the family’s chosen charity in return, we would very much like to receive evidence of your contribution (i.e. a thank you letter from the charity), should this be something you would like to consider.