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Blues manager, Steve Bruce was proud to hand a cheque worth £1,500 to the Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club recently. The money was raised as a result of the Football Aid event held at St Andrews in 2006 and Birmingham City nominated the charity to receive the funds.

Established in 1995, Birmingham City Disabled Supporters Club helps disabled supporters get the best possible enjoyment from the game of football, taking members to home and away matches as well as organising additional day trips and social events. The award will go towards the maintenance of their mini bus, which provides transport for the Club’s various activities.

John Starkey, Chairman of the Club, explained the importance of the award, "Thank you for the donation which was gratefully received. This will enable us to keep our adapted minibus on the road and help disadvantaged disabled people continue to enjoy going to football matches and other activities. Without funding like yours, this would be impossible."

In addition, over the years, several other charities have benefited from the funds raised from the Football Aid games at St Andrews including:

•    WellChild - WellChild is dedicated to supporting sick children and works to find ways to prevent and cure childhood disease and illness and to improve the treatment and care of sick children. In 2005, they received a grant of £1,000 towards the salary of a WellChild Children's Nurse to support families in desperate need.

•    Birmingham Institute for the Deaf (BID) - BID works to support the Deaf community in the West Midlands. They received a Field of Dreams grant in 2004 towards funding the activities of the Deaf Youth Club.

•    Baby Lifeline – is a national charity that promotes vital care for unborn and newborn babies and their mothers by providing medical equipment, training and funding research programmes. The 2003 grant from Field of Dreams helped support maternity hospitals and health professionals provide care for pregnant women and new born babies, ensuring the healthiest outcome possible from pregnancy and birth.

•    Cancer Research UK – the leading UK charity for cancer research received funding for their CRAB appeal, an appeal launched in 1993 to raise funds for the University of Birmingham Institute for Cancer Studies. Cancer Research at Birmingham (CRAB) works to ensure that the best possible cancer care is given to the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands.