The Palace For Life Foundation is Crystal Palace FC’s official charity. It has been running for over 25 years and it aims to contribute to the community in South London. On its website, it is stated that they work with over 13,000 people every year which has a great impact on the local area.
Some of the programmes that they focus on are for people’s health, sports for persons with disabilities, help to find employment, and football schools. For example, they organise walking football, training at Selhurst Park so that people remain active and lead healthy lives. The disabled sport includes football for the blind and vision-impaired, powerchair football, and people with learning disabilities among others.
There is a long list of success stories on the Foundation’s website, from troubled kids that are now employed by the football club. To youngsters joining Palace’s youth teams that had attended events run by the charity.
Local primary schools also have fun visits from the Palace players for P.E. sessions and then they also help with after-school extra-curricular clubs.
The Crystal Palace Foundation has dedicated patrons that work with it as well including former players, celebrity fans, and local MPs. The current list of patrons even includes the legendary Andy Johnson. Others are:
- Steve Reed MP
- Stephen Browett
- Chuka Umunna MP
- Susanna Reid
- Eddie Izzard
The Foundation has three large fundraising events each year which are Ride London, Marathon March, and Bike to Southampton. If you’re reading this and want to get involved in one of these events, you can head to the website to download the fundraising guide. Even if walking or cycling isn’t your thing there are plenty of other ways you can raise money for the Palace For Life Foundation. You can share any suggestions you have with the team there.
How to donate
Alternatively, you can just donate directly to the charity which would help immediately. You can either make a one-off donation or set it up to be weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. All this is possible over at the website by following this link.
If you can commit to a £1,000 donation you’ll get to join the Foundation’s Investor Club. Your name will be included on the dedicated Investors page of the website, plus you’ll get a mention in a matchday programme, and be able to use the Foundation’s logo on your company’s website/stationary. But, if you can’t afford that amount and can only donate something small, every bit helps and you’ll be assisting the great work that is carried out by the charity.