Where are we Now?
Just over 2 weeks ago, we thanked you for having raised most of the target (£58.000) to maintain our 10% of our football club. I explained we had around seven thousand pounds to raise by the end of May to meet the target set.
I thought we would get there, as close as we were, but you have surpassed our wildest dreams and done it in two weeks. We have passed the £65,000 target! Whether it was the raffle, buying from the shop, donations, share contributions, using the travel, sponsorship, E-Bay….the list is endless and YOU have made this possible. In the last 20 months, through the Trust, we have together put £135,000 into the football club. It’s an incredible achievement by you and indeed by the rest of the board who have the other 90%. This is why we are where we are, why we could keep our manager, keep the loan players, to refurbish the ground, gear up for league football.
Everything we make, over our baseline, goes and maintain our 10% stake through the purchase of shares. Working this way means the club doesn’t get into debt as we support the year on year running of the football club. Barrow Soccer, in this league or above, will always need money beyond gate and sponsorship. As a support, we own part of the club. We are represented. We have a say. We share in the achievements. We pay our way.
An example of this is the way we have been inundated with fans ensuring we don’t stop at 65k before the end of May. And we won’t be! We are one of the easiest ways to financially help the club- no one knows how or when this pandemic will end and what football will emerge. Working the way we are, we will emerge intact and ready for whatever the next challenge will bring.
What Do We Need to do Next?
1) Push for 2000 raffle tickets sold on Saturday! This has been one of our best ever initiatives and the prizes have been huge! Had we played, 4,000 would have been in the ground. Can we sell 2000 tickets? We will be building up to ‘the game’ during the week https://www.bluebirdstrust.co.uk/russ-raffle/
2) Contribute part of your ‘matchday costs’ , such as your refunded match ticket money, or anything else you can afford to the Play Your Part initiative at https://www.bluebirdstrust.co.uk/play-your-part/
You can also contribute by monthly instalments, either by contacting us through our Facebook or e-mailing email@example.com
3) Our football card empire is going Furness-wide., with both Andy and Chris giving us opportunities to support this online. Keep an eye on our Bluebirds Trust Facebook to take part. https://www.facebook.com/bluebirdstrust/
4) We have always had a monthly online raffle which has some fantastic prizes! This can be found on https://www.bluebirdstrust.co.uk/lottery/
5) Don’t forget to put a little by for the 1901 (Part 2) which helped the club immensely last summer off the park and will do again, whatever we are preparing for!
Missing the Football but Keeping Safe
It’s been hard over the last few weeks, not to think of what might have been, especially over the Easter Holiday where we would have such games that may have defined us as a club for many a season. And Saturday was our last ‘away’ game. We can only await the outcome of the season, however it is decided.
But that’s the football. The most important thing at the moment is to stay home if you can. And we thank all those in our Barrow AFC community and beyond who can’t work from home. That covers many workers in this town, including those who give us power, run our utilities and supply us with food. And of course we give especial thanks to our care workers and NHS staff. These people stand with us on the terraces and we stand with them now.
Therefore it was a great please to team up with ‘our’ commentator Adam Johnson on Radio Lonsdale last Thursday. We ‘turned the air blue’ with a Barrow AFC related request show. Hopefully those patients and staff in FGH enjoyed the mix of Bluebirds related music- requests to the show broke all records. I’m sure it brought a smile to lot of faces and it was also great to hear a special message for the staff from Ian Evatt who said:
“I just want to say a massive thank you to all staff at Furness General Hospital for everything you are doing. Your sacrifice is appreciated more than words can say. We are all extremely proud of you. Once we are through this epidemic- and we will get through it, come and see us down at Holker Street. The first round is on me.”
And that day, when we are all back at our club, will be as joyful and memorable as any that came before.