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Charities benefit from Community Shield fund

Two children’s charities have benefited from the FA Community Shield fund.

Crossroads Care Kent and the Maidstone branch of the NSPCC – the club’s nominated charities – have each received £1,000 towards their work in the local area. The cheques were presented by Stones boss Jay Saunders.

All the clubs that competed in the Emirates FA Cup from the first round proper onwards received funds from the Football Association, which were generated by the proceeds from last season’s FA Community Shield match between Leicester City and Manchester United.

Crossroads works with more than 160 children in the Maidstone area who care for family members as well as trying to balance a normal childhood and school work, while the NSPCC is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK.

Crossroads project manager Jan Hall said: “This money from the Football Association will help us take the young carers out during the summer holiday. It will give us the opportunity to go to lots of exciting places like Legoland, Chessington, cinema, bowling – things that perhaps they wouldn’t get the opportunity to do.”

NSPCC Maidstone fundraiser Mary Ratcliffe said: “We will put these funds towards the counselling programme, which does such vital work in the local community. We are very grateful to the Football Association and Maidstone United and thank them for all they do to support children and young people.”

The Charity Shield returns to Wembley later this summer, with Chelsea and Arsenal competing in the traditional curtain raiser to the new season.

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