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MARK ON COMMUNITY DAY

10 March 2022

"If we put the community at the front of everything we do, we can all pull together and create something special"

Mark Ashton has once again emphasised the importance of the Club's Community Trust, ahead of Community Day at Portman Road on Saturday.

Supporters are being encouraged to 'bring a pound to the ground' for the Portsmouth clash on Saturday afternoon, with Community Day providing a platform to recognise the work of the Club’s charitable arm, which was relaunched in August 2019.

"The Trust has to sit at the heart of everything we do," Mark told iFollow Ipswich.

"We are developing the Trust and we have put in place a new board of trustees, who have all been brilliant. The trustees come from the local area and the wider community, and are great because they know Suffolk and they know Ipswich. They're helping to guide the activities and programmes we put on.

"The Trust is about the Club giving something back to the community. We've said before, the Football Club will still be here long after we have gone, and it is a community asset. The Trust sits at the heart of it and football can be used as a medium to motivate and engage with the local community. The Trust is in good hands and will continue to grow. It's a really exciting time.

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"I've mentioned the board of trustees and with Conor [Chaplin] and Natasha [Thomas] on board, they help drive the community agenda back into the men's and women's teams. They have a real passion and help create that understanding that it's not just showing face or signing a piece of paper at a community event, but it's about what this club is about and what it means to the local community.

"The Trust is self funding and has charitable status, so every pound that goes into the Trust, is spent on activities, facilities and staffing to help deliver activities to the community. I ask fans to give generously because Community Day is the perfect vehicle to show why it's so important.

"The Trust is doing some really good work, some of which goes under the radar, but they are positively impacting peoples' lives every single day. If we put the community at the front of everything we do, we can all pull together and create something special."

For more information on the Club's Community Day this weekend, click here.

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