Chester FC fanzine, The Blue & White, have teamed up with a local church to provide season tickets to help more families watch the Blues next season.
The fanzine has bought six Chester FC season tickets – two adults and four children – with the profits it has made over the past year from the sale of the £2 magazine it prints three times a season.
The zine, which has been running for seven years is edited by brothers Richard and Neil Bellis and designed by fellow Chester fan Charlotte Davis, has teamed up with Holy Trinity Church, Norris Road, Blacon to distribute the tickets to deserving families. Holy Trinity runs free activities and food for families in the school holidays, in conjunction with the West Cheshire Foodbank and other local agencies.
Neil Bellis, who is also on the board of the club, said: “We have always given the profits we have made from the fanzine back to the club in some way, mainly through supporting the Junior Blues to support our young supporters.
“But we thought we would do something different this year, and decided to buy tickets for families who are struggling so they can enjoy a day out for free at the football club. The plan is that one family has the ticket one week and another the next so it reaches lots of families. Hopefully, it will mean the family can have an enjoyable few hours together without worrying about money.”
Rev Tina Upton said: “We are very grateful indeed to the fanzine for their kind generosity, and we will make sure a range of families will benefit from these tickets throughout the season.”
The tickets will be handed over to the church at a special coaching session which the club’s Community Trust is running at the church on July 27th.
Richard Bellis said: “The club really liked the idea when we approached them and couldn’t have been more accommodating in making it happen. Ultimately this has all come about because of our fellow fans who buy the fanzine. We couldn’t keep it going without their support, and to be able to give something back to the club in this way is testament to that. We hope we can do more things like this in the future.”