Kent bereaved dads football team left devastated by theft
Sands United Kent FC, the charity football team for local men affected by pregnancy and baby loss, has been left reeling after training equipment such as balls, bibs and spare kit was stolen from the Assistant Manager’s car over the weekend, after they had played a match against Sands United FC Brighton to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week #BLAW2020.
Mike Pollard, Sands United Kent FC’s Manager and Founder, said:
“The impact this has had on our team has been great, we had to postpone an important match fixture to us, with this week being Babyloss Awareness Week, we had all the families coming along to support the dads play. These sort of moments are something we all look forward to and it’s pretty sad that this had to be postponed. The kit and equipment itself is something that we rely upon on Matchdays as a league requirement, but we are thankful that the league and other teams around us have kindly made donations and supporting us to get this equipment replaced. the bags were obviously taken without knowledge of the contents, and are no use to anyone else other than ourselves, so this makes it even more sad that they have probably been thrown away somewhere without care.
“The footballing world around us has been so kind in support and I cannot thank them enough, it obviously shows what they think of the good work we are doing for all the dads on our team. We will not let the thieves defeat us and we will be back on the pitch, even more determined than before!”
The men in this team are all united by the loss of a child and for this theft to have happened during Baby Loss Awareness Week is a kick in the teeth to them all. They are not expecting to see those stolen items again so if anyone reading this is in a position to help the team financially they can donate online here.
Your support in helping us replace these items would be greatly appreciated.