Updated: Jul 18
Reading City Football Club would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support over the past week following our break-in here at the Rivermoor.
This time last week we were informing you that our clubhouse at the Rivermoor had sadly been broken into, it was hard for us to stomach after so much work recently going into revamping our facilities, but at our darkest hour, we were overwhelmed with support from the local football community and beyond and for that we are truly grateful.
Our break-in couldn't have come at a worse time if ever there was one. With very little or no football activity happening over the past few months as a result of the lockdown in response to Covid-19. Most, if not all, football clubs have been surviving on their reserves, so for us to have to deal with an unexpected and unwanted repair bill isn't what anyone at Reading City Football Club wanted especially when we're working hard on improving our facilities.
The repair bill following our break-in was estimated to be £750 as in the process of the break-in a clubhouse window was smashed, a rear door to the clubhouse along with three internal doors were forced open damaging the doors and their locks and frames. As a result of this costly expense at a time when income is low or non-existent, we set up a fundraising page to help raise the money and we were totally blown away with the level of generosity we witnessed, donations came from far and wide, including from Gareth Ainsworth who manages Skybet League One outfit Wycombe Wanderers and often features for Woodley United who we have a ground-sharing agreement with. This level of generosity helped raised half of our total within 24 hours, which was totally unexpected.
As a result of the generosity, people showed towards us we can confirm that we raised £100 more than our target, meaning we have £850 to carry out repairs to our clubhouse. With the extra money, we will be able to make the clubhouse much more secure by replacing the CCTV system that was stolen in the break-in as well as adding extra elements. We'd like to thank everyone who generously donated.
We would also like to thank everyone who has offered their time and services for free to help us get back on our feet, from those who helped tidy up the ransacked clubhouse and make safe the broken window and doors to those who have offered to help with the repairs.
We are very grateful for everyone's support, after having our home ransacked it's reassuring to know there's still lots of good in the world.
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