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As a result of Football Aid's fundraising our parent charity Field of Dreams has been able to make a number of significant grant awards over the years, a selection of these is included below:

Diabetes Awards

Field of Dreams made a number of large donations to major Diabetes charities up until 2007. Since then the Trustees have diversified away from funding large scale projects and are now concentrating on identifying smaller projects such as local juvenile diabetes support groups in need of financial assistance.

2003 - 2004 - Diabetes UK: £100,000
Diabetes UK received £100,000 from Field of Dreams to support the first phase of their stem cell research project with Professor Peter Jones. The work had the potential to make a major impact on the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes, in terms of both improving the quality of life for recipients and in reducing healthcare costs. On receiving the grant, Diabetes UK commented,

"We could not continue to provide the current levels of care, research and campaigning without the generous assistance of supporters as Diabetes UK is almost entirely dependent on voluntary donations. Thank you for every effort and thought that you and your colleagues at Field of Dreams and Football Aid have put into funding projects at Diabetes UK."

2021 Update: Professor Peter Jones contacted us in November 2021 with an update on their research projects:

“As a consequence of our early work on stem cells and beta cells King's eventually realised the importance of this work and appointed several new academic positions to focus on regenerative medicine in the area of cell replacement for the treatment of diabetes.

My own research has mainly followed the potential of mesenchymal stem cells to improve the treatment of Type 1 diabetes by islet transplantation: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/solcs/our-departments/department-of-diabetes  

So, to cut a long story short, the investment a couple of decades ago has provided the foundation for a whole range of current work and the Department has expanded considerably from those early days. Many, many thanks for your support!”

2002 - 2007 - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF): over £112,000  
JDRF have received 3 grants from Field of Dreams, the most recent being £50,000 towards their work in creating a ‘closed loop’ artificial pancreas. The project is led by Dr Roman Hovorka and it is hoped the device will allow users to more tightly control their blood glucose levels without the need for repeated jabs to test blood and give insulin, giving people with diabetes more flexible lifestyles and defend them better from complications.

The remaining 2 awards of £30,000 in 2001 and £32,968 in 2002 have helped fund the Super Beta Cell project, a scientific investigation aimed primarily at finding a cure for diabetes.

2010 - Widnes and St Helens Children’s Diabetic Group: £2,161
The grant was to help this local group (part of Diabetes UK voluntary groups) fund an educational outwards bound weekend for 18 children aged 8 to 13 with diabetes. They were accompanied by a medical team and spent the weekend doing a variety of outdoor activities. They also spent some time learning about their condition and how to control it.

2002 - 2005 – Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Kids: £22,700
Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Kids received £22,700 towards insulin pumps for children. Alison Johnson, Chief Dietitian at Yorkhill Hospital explains the positive difference the Field of Dreams' grants for insulin pumps have made, "These state of the art pumps provide the appropriate dose of insulin required and are quick and easy to program."

"For certain individuals, these pumps can completely revolutionize the way they manage their diabetes, meaning an end to the regular insulin injections they have had to administer themselves over the years. It makes meal times a lot more flexible and gives them a greater deal of independence."

Selected Club and Partner Nominated Charity Awards

A selection of the many charities to benefit from the work of Football Aid and Field of Dreams are copied below. To see details of the latest awards visit our News section and to check for details of individual club awards visit the team pages in our Play section or e-mail us at info@footballaid.com.

Cruyff Court Everton (Everton 2015 - 2017) - £40,000
Funds generated from our games at Everton FC were donated to the Cruyff Court Everton project, a community facility operated by Everton in the Community to provide children in the local neighbourhood with a safe place to play sports.

Neils Meijer, Director of Cruyff Foundation said at the time of the opening in May 2017: “After opening a first Cruyff Court in Liverpool and another two  in London, we are delighted that we can offer the UK another Cruyff Court, this time in close partnership with Everton in the Community.

“The Cruyff Court offers the community of Everton a playfield that stimulates physical activity, but it is designed to be so much more than just a football pitch. It is a place where pupils learn about respect, responsibility and integration through sports.”

Cruyff Court Everton was funded by the Johan Cruyff Foundation, Everton Football Club, The People’s Postcode Lottery, UEFA, Philips Lighting, David Thomas Legacy and Football Aid.

Richards House Hospice (West Ham United 2002 - 2009) - £30,132
West Ham United's grants from 2002 to 2009 have supported Richards House, a purpose built children’s hospice in East London. They have used their grants to help fund a variety of positions including palliative care nurses and play workers.

"On behalf of everyone at Richard House, thank you so much for your cheque of £3,094 toward the cost of a play and care worker. We are extremely grateful for your continued support. I think the work Field of Dreams is doing is highly commendable. We are happy to be a part of this" Karen Duncan, Trust Fundraiser, Richards House.

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, Glasgow (Celtic 2008) - £35,883
Field of Dreams directly (£25,000) and indirectly (through Celtic Charity Fund – £10,883) have helped this Hospice in Glasgow create a therapy room for patients and carers and a bereavement room for patients’ families. "These facilities will be used extensively as we care for the people of Glasgow that are suffering from life limiting illnesses, and support their families. Our thanks go to Football Aid for helping us continue to care." Myra Grant, Trust Fundraiser

City in the Community (Manchester City 2003 - 2009) - £28,101
Manchester City FC regularly nominated their Football in the Community (CITC) department each year. CITC is a registered charity and oversees all education, community and charitable operations within the football club. During the year 2006-2007 alone they engaged with 198,504 people from Manchester and Tameside between the ages of 6 and 75 years.

In 2009 they used their grant of £6,187 to support their Kickz project. "As ever we are very grateful to Football Aid – the money we have received will help support our Kickz project which is helping to change the lives of 100’s of young people in Manchester." Tom Flower, Strategy Manager, City in the Community.

Liverpool Film Academy Educational Trust (Liverpool 2007 - 2008) - £40,000
Liverpool FC used their grant over 2 years to fund a film called ‘Colour Blind’ made by the Liverpool Film Academy Educational Trust. The project was inspired by the tragic death of Anthony Walker, a young Liverpool student. The film used comedy to tackle the issue of race-hate and involved the comedian Lenny Henry.

"A huge thank you to Field of Dreams for providing us with the means to complete a massively significant project for our Charitable Trust. We will always be grateful to Brian Hall at Liverpool Football Club for his support and assistance." Victor Freeman, Principal.

UNICEF UK (Manchester United 2002 - 2008) - £148,869
From 2002 to 2008 through Manchester United (and the United for UNICEF project), we have awarded £148,869 to UNICEF UK towards a number of projects: an alternative educational programme in West Bengal; a Buddhist Leadership Initiative for HIV/AIDS care and prevention activities; and a project combating trafficking of women and children in China. For further information, please see the Manchester United charity information page.

Special Olympics Great Britain (2006) - £15,000
In 2006 Field of Dreams gave £15,000 to Special Olympics Great Britain towards further development of football and the staging of Football Week in 2006.

On receiving the award, Chief Executive of Special Olympics Great Britain, Chris Hooper said: "On behalf of the 7000 competitors in Special Olympics, a big thank you to Football Aid and the FAPL. This grant will enable a significant number of young people with learning disabilities across the UK to benefit from football. Special Olympics is growing, football is a growth sport and this grant will have a great impact on the success of our National Football Week this spring."

FA Premier League Chairman, Dave Richards, who was delighted to be able to present the cheque to Chris, continued: "I am thrilled to be able to hand this £15,000 cheque to the Special Olympics. Football Aid has been a phenomenal success and I am extremely proud of the part the Premier League and all of our clubs have played in it."

"The positive impact Football Aid and Field of Dreams has had on research into diabetes is renowned. But the fact that it is helping events such as the Special Olympics only serves to underline the reach it now has."

The Prince's Trust (2002 - 2004) - £78,000 
Through its partnership with the FAPL, The Prince's Trust received a total of £78,000 from Field of Dreams from 2002 to 2004. With this funding, The Prince's Trust in London helped young ex-offenders get their lives back on track with a dedicated support worker, responsible for visiting and signposting young offenders onto Trust programmes. Young people in the Trust's South West region also received funding for football-themed Group Awards enabling 14-25 year olds to design and run projects, which meet local community needs whilst improving their practical and 'soft' skills such as communication, responsibility and project management.

In addition, the grants enabled the Trust to work with 20 unemployed young people in Blackburn through their ‘Get off the Bench’ (GOTB) programme, which uses the power of football to motivate through a unique personal development opportunity. Royston Lindley, who attended the GOTB programme said, "The Prince's Trust through GOTB has transformed my life. I was unemployed going nowhere sitting watching TV all day. I have started college, joined a gym, become a help coach with The Prince's Trust, I am waiting to start a level 2 coaching award and will now be a peer mentor on the next programme!"