The football club are delighted to announce the two charities we will be working with this season.

Peterborough United Chief Executive Bob Symns is delighted to announce that the football club will be working exclusively with two fantastic charitable organisations for the 2013-14 season.

The Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal will be the most challenging project Sue Ryder has ever faced. An ageing, growing population combined with hard-hitting cuts by Government and NHS reform has increased reliance on the charitable sector to deliver healthcare services people need and deserve.

Within the referral area of Thorpe Hall Hospice, 75,000 people are living with an incurable illness. While we all hope it won’t touch us personally, the sad reality is that one day it could.  Working together, we can ensure our local community will have access to the best quality services when and where they need them.

All money raised through the Capital Appeal will go directly to help Sue Ryder – Thorpe Hall to develop our front-line services in a new hospice that will provide the best possible quality end of life and palliative care services through its in-patient unit, day care, respite care, bereavement services. Our aim is for Thorpe Hall to become a Centre for Excellence in Palliative Care in the region.

To ensure people are provided with the care and support they need, we need to raise £6 million by March 2015 to fund a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art hospice.  The new hospice will complement the existing building and will be built in the grounds.  It will include 20 single en-suite bedrooms providing essential privacy for patients and their families. 

The Peterborough Area Down’s Syndrome Group first started when a small group of parents decided to set up a local charity to support parents, carers and people with Down’s Syndrome in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Over 10 years on and many members later, the charity offers support and information through regular drop-in sessions, speech and language therapy and an active social calendar.

The group offer free activity sessions in Paston, Peterborough and Great Casterton near Stamford every week and these are suitable for all ages, there’s no need to book – just turn up! Refreshments are also provided and this provides the perfect opportunity for parents and children alike to get to know each other.

The charity is affiliated to the national charity the Down’s Syndrome Association and membership to our charity is free for families, carers and people with Down’s Syndrome.

The football club will be bringing you more details about the two charities in the next few days.