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Shots find a pitch perfect way to give charities a boost

Aldershot Town have handed over a £300 cheque to the Mayoral charities through the sale of their ESS Stadium pitch

Work continues on laying the new surface at Aldershot Town FC where 1,800 tonnes of fibre sand from Stamford Bridge is being laid

Aldershot Town have ground out the perfect charity boost – through the purchase of turf of the ESS Stadium pitch.

The Mayor of Rushmoor, and Aldershot Town season ticket holder, Cllr Terry Bridgeman, was presented with a cheque for £300 by club secretary Bob Green on Wednesday with the money being donated to the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2013-14.

Benefiting will be Farnborough Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which looks after the needs of former service personnel living in the borough; Aldershot’s Parkside Day Centre, for people with learning disabilities; and the breast cancer appeal at Frimley Park Hospital.

Sections of the Aldershot Town pitch were sold at £1 per square metre, ahead of the new subsoil and playing surface currently being laid at the stadium as a gift from Premier League giants Chelsea.

Cllr Bridgeman said: “I am extremely grateful to Aldershot Town for their continued commitment to these charities.

“It is also very exciting that this money was raised through a fantastic gift from Chelsea FC and I cannot wait to see the new pitch in action next season.

“The future for the club looks very bright and that can only benefit the entire community.”

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