Fundraising kick for storm-hit Melford football club

Long Melford Football Club
Richard Kemp President at the club in clubhouse that has the fallen roof they are fund-raising for.
Picture Mark Westley
Long Melford Football Club Richard Kemp President at the club in clubhouse that has the fallen roof they are fund-raising for. Picture Mark Westley
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A football club has started a crowdfunding appeal to help fund repairs to a collapsed ceiling in its clubhouse.

The roof in the bar at Long Melford Football Club caved in after winter storm damage.

Club chairman Colin Woodhouse said his son came up with the bright idea of crowdfunding – a way of funding a project by asking people to donate money – and it has already attracted £400 of pledges.

The club has a target of £3,000, with a link to the crowdfunding page on its website.

Mr Woodhouse said: “We are not sure what the insurance company will pay, but we know we won’t get the full amount; it’s going to run into thousands of pounds.

“We have got a crowdfunding appeal up and running and hope that will help pay for some of the things that will be needed, like replacing the carpets.

“We’ve had three builders in to look at the situation and we are waiting for them to put in quotes.

“The insurance company has sent loss adjusters out but they are keeping quiet at the moment; we are waiting to hear back from them.”

Mr Woodhouse said the football club’s building was around 40 years old, having been moved to the site many years ago from Sudbury.

Officials, who came in to find the ceiling had collapsed in the clubhouse, had previously noticed water was coming in through the ceiling after a recent storm.

Initially, they thought they had solved the problem, but now face a costly repair.

Mr Woodhouse said that the club has a second bar, so match day losses will be kept to a minimum.

“Fortunately, we have got the other bar available, but it can get a little crowded when everyone is in.

“With summer coming up, we hope there might be a few fundraising events that can be held.

“Any money raised will go towards providing some of the items we need,” he added.

The club’s crowdfunding page is www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/longmelfordfc