On Saturday 9 February, 173 young careers from across the region were treated to a special day of fun behind the scenes at Aldershot Town F.C’s home-game to Eastleigh F.C. As part of an innovative partnership to support carers in Hampshire, the young people and their families were able to meet the players, tour the stadium, and some even got to be mascots escorting the players onto the pitch at the start of the game.
They were welcomed to the stadium by Andrew Ellery, Marketing Officer, The Revd. Clive Richardson, Diocese Carer Support Adviser, and Gillian Trippner, Partnerships Manager, North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group, who arranged the day.
Local clergy, the Revds. George Newton, and Alwyn Pereira, came along to lend their support to the day and to the young carers.
Gillian Trippner said,
“It was great to see the Mascots so excited, and carers and families had such a great afternoon.”
The young carers saw a very competitive match, with plenty of action and
four goals. Although the Shots lost 1-3, they broke a goal draught in
the league at the EEB with Bernard Mensah scoring to equalise early in
the second half.
The Matchball Sponsor, long standing Aldershot Town supporter, Steve Brett, generously bought Aldershot Town scarves to be distributed to the many Carers who attended. It was a lovely gesture to add depth of support, not only to the carers, but to the link up with the NHS and Guildford Diocese. They also provided some much needed warmth on a chilly day!
Clive Richardson added,
“Over 2,000 people attended the match, and will now be
more aware of carers and what they do from the article in the matchday
programme and information stands around the ground. The club’s
commitment to our partnership, and willingness to help, have been