11:08am, Fri 4th Dec 2015
Over the past 8 years Woking Football Club has developed a great programme of Christmas initiatives with players visiting children in hospital and distributing hampers for the elderly and lonely. Last year was a step up when 1000 attended the Silent Night Christmas celebration with carols, football freestyle, choirs, interviews and bands.
This year a team has been working for months to develop an even more ambitious programme 'Cards Community Christmas â€“ a time for hope'
running from the afternoon into the evening.
Cards Community Christmas is for everyone and each event is free as a gift to the community. We are particularly grateful to the Woking churches who have again sponsored this special Christmas charity event.
The Hope Meal
is a three course Christmas meal, cooked by Tremblays and served in the Geoff Chapple suite. The 100 + diners will be those who are struggling with life issues and would not normally be able to get a good Christmas meal. It could be families going through hard times, those recovering from addictions or others with life limiting disabilities.
At the same time there will be Teas for the Elderly
in the club bar where the guests will be entertained with communal singing, freestyle football and even a specially written and performed nativity play! Both events will be waited on by members of the Woking FC Academy.
If you know people you think would like an invitation to the Hope Meal or the teas please contact Ian Nicholson on firstname.lastname@example.org
The main gates open at 5.30 pm with Santa, KC Kat, computer gaming zones under the stand, a chance to develop your freestyle football skills with Dan Cutting and a Beat the Goalie competition with the winner getting the opportunity to be a Match Day mascot later this season. All the time there will be mulled wine, hog roast, toffee apples, bar, candy floss and other goodies for sale with every under 16 attending getting a free ticket to the Halifax game!
Oh and there will be a glossy event programme for sale.
At 7pm the Christmas celebration in front of the LGS begins with carols, readings, school choirs, live band, nativity interlude, Dan Cutting and an interview with our special guest this year, Premiership goalkeeper Julian Speroni. Julian, who is originally from Argentina, has been with Crystal Palace for over a decade, making over 350 first team appearances and becoming the clubs most capped keeper. A Selhurst Park legend Speroni has been the Eagles player of the season 4 times and also fans player of the season on 4 occasions. We will be interviewing Julian as part of the event about his career highs and lows, faith and life outside football.
As part of the evening there will be a charity bucket collection with the proceeds going to 2 worthy causes. Street Angels are a team of volunteers who roam the
Town Centre on busy weekend evenings ensuring people are cared for and kept safe. The McDonalds charity provides support and care for families whose children are seriously ill and hospitalized. Last year we raised Â£1500 and would like to comfortably exceed that this time.
Cards Community Christmas will close at approximately 8.15pm.
This is going to be a great, positive evening with schools, churches, families and community organisations attending alongside loads of Woking fans to celebrate Christmas.
Do join us... and bring your family and friends!