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Rotary donation to Albion in the Community

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A rotary club has donated £1,250 to Albion in the Community (AITC) after receiving a visit from one of the Brighton & Hove Albion board and a former Seagulls player.

Brighton and Hove South Downs Rotary Club decided to support AITC after hosting a visit from Martin Perry, the charity’s chair of trustees and Brighton & Hove Albion director, and Guy Butters, who used to play for the Seagulls.

AITC is the football club’s official charity and runs more than 25 regular football sessions for people with a disability. It also works with 128 local schools across Sussex, provides 40 regular free football sessions to young people in areas of deprivation, runs a range of health campaigns and wellbeing programmes and has a thriving further education department.

Mr Perry visited Brighton and Hove South Downs Rotary Club to talk about the Albion’s last 20 years. His talk started with the struggle to secure the club’s future and the mammoth effort taken to get planning permission for the American Express Community Stadium, before offering a behind-the-scenes account of the club’s successful promotion to the Premier League.

And he was joined by Guy Butters – the hugely-popular former Albion defender who now works for AITC helping mentor and coach young people studying on the charity’s BTEC programme.

Members of Brighton and Hove South Downs Rotary Club were so impressed by the work being done by AITC that they decided to make a donation – and a delegation from the club visited the charity at the American Express Community Stadium to hand over a cheque.

Mr Perry said: “Guy and I had a really enjoyable evening at the Brighton and Hove South Downs Rotary Club and it was a pleasure talking to them.

“To then receive such a generous donation was fantastic. It costs the charity a lot to run the amount of programmes and sessions we currently deliver and this money will have a real impact on some of the people we work with.

“Our thanks go to everyone at the Brighton and Hove South Downs Rotary Club for their support. It certainly is appreciated.”