Sunday 23 November 2014

Help the homeless

It's coming up to Christmas and the nights are getting colder so please give a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves who don't have a roof over their heads.

One of our friends works for Off The Fence - Antifreeze, a local charity helping Brighton & Hove's homeless and she is co-ordinating a collection of men's jumpers, hoodies, shoes/trainers, thick socks, coats, woolly hats, gloves, scarves and waterproof clothing which can be taken to the next Albion home match against Fulham this coming Saturday 28th November. Although the charity are mainly looking for men's clothing womens warm clothing will also be welcomed. There will be a number of collection points around the Amex ground, alternatively if you are aboard one the NWSS supporters coaches you can hand over any items you wish to donate to your coach steward when you board who will then drop them off for you. See here for more details about the scheme.

There's also more information about former Albion player Guy Butters 'Big Sleepout' project in support of the Antifreeze charity on the Seagulls website and in the Blackburn matchday programme.

Thursday 20 November 2014

Bobby dazzler

A very enjoyable evening spent with my friends from Albion supporters club North West Sussex Seagulls at their November meeting.

Darren Balkham, Albion's Police Liaison Officer, gave a really interesting and entertaining talk followed by a lively Q&A. A very nice guy, who's appreciated and respected by Brighton fans for all the good hard work he does in liaising and communicating between police, football club and supporters.

Darren says he has the best job in the police force and he clearly loves his work. Those of us who know him realise how lucky we are to have a true football person looking after our safety on match days. His frequent and extensive use of social media networking such as Twitter keeps him in touch with Albion fans on a daily basis. A very modern, progressive and forward thinking bobby who always makes himself accessible and available, the police force could do with more like him.

A big thank you to all those who came along, especially to Simon & Fran who looked after us very well and kept us all fed and watered.

The next NWSS supporters club meeting is scheduled for January 2015 when an ex Albion player is being lined up as our special guest for the evening.