Brighton & Hove Albion’s Albion As One charity fund has kicked off with a staggering donation of £263,939 from the club’s players and directors – and now staff, partners and fans, who are in a position to do so, are being invited to add their support to the fund which will boost a number of charities across the county.

The club’s players and staff have selected a number of organisations based in Sussex, including charities for hospices, sick children, domestic abuse victims, bereavement care, foodbanks, homeless support and health workers – who will all benefit from the fund – alongside a contribution of approximately 20% to Albion in the Community.

They are all charities hardest hit by the global coronavirus pandemic, and will distribute funds to help communities in the city of Brighton & Hove and across our county.  “I’d like to thank the players, chairman and all those that have contributed to Albion As One so far for their kindness and generosity,” said Chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber. “We know that whatever we can raise at such a difficult time will make a real difference to local charities and good causes who do so much for our wider community.”

Albion’s first-team squad made the collective gesture by donating a significant portion of their April wages – with the players’ initial amount further boosted by a donation from Tony Bloom and his fellow directors.

“There’s a collective desire from everyone within the squad and the club to do something for local charities suffering as a result of the crisis,” explained Albion star Glenn Murray. “The people of Brighton & Hove and across Sussex have always been there for this football club going back a long way, and as players and representatives of the club we want to show the same support we’ve had from our community, week in, week out for so long.

“We want to kick-start this fund with the aim of raising a substantial amount for local good causes. We will then work with the club’s staff to agree how we will distribute the money among local charities who’ve been hardest hit as a result of the coronavirus.”