Peterborough United have confirmed the two charitable organisations they will be working with for the 2014-2015 campaign.

Peterborough United Football Club are delighted to announce that for the 2014-2015 campaign our chosen charities will be the NSPCC Peterborough Business Support Group and Age UK Peterborough.

The football club carefully considered applications from numerous charities and are looking forward to working with two charities that do such great work at either end of the age spectrum.

Chief Executive Bob Symns said: ‘We have been inundated with requests for charitable donations and support and although we are committed to supporting local causes wherever possible, it is increasingly difficult to support every request. Therefore, as in previous years, we have decided to work exclusively with two charitable organisations for the 2014-2015 season.

‘We are delighted to be supporting Age UK Peterborough and the NSPCC Peterborough Business Support Group and look forward in trying to raise as much money as possible.’

Age UK Peterborough Chief Executive, David Bache said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Peterborough United FC as one of their charities of the year. This will not only give us the opportunity to raise much needed funding, but more importantly help to raise awareness and reach out to some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach older people in Peterborough”.

Set up in 1957 as Age Concern, Age UK Peterborough remains a local independent charity with a long history of delivering valuable services and support to older people in and around Peterborough.

With a mission to promote the well-being of all local older people in Peterborough and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, a team of local workers and volunteers run services which include home support, gardening, day care centres and befriending.

From their premises at the Age UK Peterborough shop in Westgate they also provide information and advice, financial products aimed at the over 50’s and assistance equipment.

Its goals:
• Helping older people to remain living independently at home by providing information, advice and advocacy.
• Developing understanding and awareness of the needs of older people and providing appropriate support in the home and community
• Help to relieve the feeling of loneliness and isolation through regular visits from befriending volunteers
• Helping older people to claim the welfare benefits to which they are entitled in order to and avoid living in poverty

The aim of the NSPCC Peterborough Business Support Group is to raise funds to directly benefit vulnerable local children and young people in the Greater Peterborough area. The group is made up of individuals from a range of industries and sectors who use their influence, skills and commitment to raise funds to directly support NSPCC services in and around Peterborough and to inspire others to do the same.

Since its formation in 1996, the group has staged dozens of events, engaged with hundreds of businesses and in 2012 reached the amazing milestone of £500,000 raised. Every year the group organises a range of fundraising events, from balls to quizzes, each raising a substantial amount of money and they also promote the invaluable work done by the NSPCC.

"No-one can fail to be moved by the stories we hear of vulnerable children being given the chance to enjoy a happy childhood, free of fear. Everyone who comes to one of our events, donates a prize, bids for an auction lot, gives us their time, support or money is helping the charity work in the local area. And while people's motives for getting involved are genuinely altruistic, the reward is the creation of a solid network of business people sharing the same ethics. It is also humbling to see businesses organising their own 'in-house' activities, raising substantial amounts of money to throw into the pot."

We are also supporting the Football League charity initiatives Help for Hero’s, Help for Hospices, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK.