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.”