League 1 side Whitehaven have launched a rallying cry to the town’s people, business and communities to try and raise the funds required to save the club.
The club have revealed they face a shortfall of £60,000 this season – and if that money is not found, the club risks going out of business, according to The Whitehaven News.
And chairman Tommy Todd has explained how the shortfall has materialised – as well as how supporters and local businesses can do their bit to help revitalise the club’s fortunes. Haven want people interested in donating to be at the club’s Recreation Ground at 6pm tonight (Thursday).
“The club finds itself in a position where we are some £60k short on our budget for the remainder of the season,” he said.
“This is due to the loss of our main sponsor and lack of other significant sponsors over the last two years. Coupled to this have been rising costs, falling attendances and more than a 50 per cent drop in central distribution from the RFL. Clearly this cannot continue.”
Haven have asked for 240 people or businesses to donate £250 in return for things such as a season ticket for both the remainder of this season, plus the 2019 campaign.
By then, the club hope to have a significant investor on board who, if the club is saved, will commit to a three-year plan which Todd is hugely excited by.
“A positive response to this appeal will have a significant effect on our ongoing dialogue with a major new investor who is willing to commit to a three year plan commencing 2019.
“Their plans to expand the club are the most exciting we have heard in a long time.”