The Albion As One fund has been set up to help local charities – selected by players and staff – hit hard by the pandemic. These include organisations for sick children, domestic abuse victims, the homeless and many other people in need. Around 20 per cent of donations will go to the club charity, Albion in the Community.
Glenn Murray and Lewis Dunk have been leading discussions with the club about potential wage deferrals or cuts for players.
Brighton’s first-team squad have given up a significant portion of their April wages
There will be a £263,939 charity donation by Brighton’s players and their directors
No agreement has been announced but on this donation Murray said: ‘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.
‘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.’
The squad’s collective gesture was boosted by donations from chairman Tony Bloom and other club directors.
Glenn Murray said there was a desire among the squad to do something for local charities
Brighton are feeling the pinch thanks to the ongoing pandemic. The Premier League side were forecast to lose money this year even before the virus struck.
Manager Graham Potter, CEO Paul Barber and technical director Dan Ashworth have already taken pay cuts to help ease the burden on Bloom.
After this donation to Albion As One, Barber said: ‘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. 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.’
Staff, partners and fans can now add their support to the fund.