Last Saturday’s fabulous day at the Viridor Stadium which saw the Peacocks being presented with the Championship shield was also a good day for two local charities who were the beneficiaries of the club’s annual Christmas Charity Collection. A ground collection was held at a game before Christmas and the money raised was added to donations made by playing staff, management and directors which realised a total of £500. This year the proceeds were split between two local charities, namely Compass Disability Group and Priorswood Community Centre. Our Christmas Charity Collection has raised funds over the past eight years for a number of local charities and organisations including Musgrove Park Hospital Children’s Ward, Taunton Food Bank and Selworthy School amongst others.

Compass Disability Group is a local charity which aims to enable disabled people to have greater independence in their lives and provides a wide range of services for the disabled in the community.

Nikki Watson, Contracts and Projects Development Manager, commented: “We are really grateful for the £250 donation from Taunton Town FC’s Christmas Collection. This money will help us greatly in our work to support local people (young and old) with physical disabilities and poor mental wellbeing in Taunton and the surrounding area.”

Priorswood Community Centre opened in 1998 and is now the hub of the community of North Taunton, offering a range of advice surgeries, social groups and youth activities.

Manager of the Centre Lesley Thomas said: “As a small local Charity we are extremely grateful to Taunton Town Football Club and their supporters for the very kind donation from their Christmas collection. This money will go to support our summer youth activity programme, enabling more young people to access sport and be active.”

Pictured receiving the cheque in the photo below are Paul Tooze (Chair of Trustees), Lesley Thomas and Tracy Wood (Admin Officer) along with Media and Communications Director Giuseppe Fraschini, Chairman Kevin Sturmey and Club Secretary Andy Power.