Thursday 22 December 2011

Barclays charity donation marks 20,000th goal

Scorer Marc Albrighton sends £20,000 donation from Barclays to Acorns Children's Hospice Trust

Albrighton's goal prompted celebrations and was a Barclays Premier League landmark

Barclays are marking the occasion of the 20,000th goal in the Barclays Premier League by making a £20,000 donation to charity.

Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton was the player who wrote himself into the history books as he scored the landmark goal in the 2-1 home defeat by Arsenal on Wednesday.

And thanks to Barclays, Albrighton’s chosen charity – the Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust in the west Midlands - will be £20,000 better off.

The Villa star said: “It’s a brilliant occasion and a brilliant feeling to have got that record.

"You visit a place like Acorns and it really opens your eyes."
- Marc Albrighton

"It’s something that I can tell the kids and the grandkids about. The Barclays Premier League is one of the greatest leagues in the world, if not the greatest, so to score the 20,000th goal is a great honour.”

Talking about the £20,000 donation, he said: “There are some great people at Acorns doing some special things, they deserve every plaudit they get and they definitely deserve the money.

"At times you take things too seriously in life but you visit a place like Acorns and it really opens your eyes.

"This donation is beyond anything we could have imagined and has really made our Christmas."
- David Strudley

"To raise £20,000 for such a great cause is brilliant and that will make me happy tonight."

Acorns Chief Executive David Strudley said: "Fundraising is incredibly challenging for charities at the moment, so to receive this donation is beyond anything we could have imagined and has really made our Christmas.

"The money will cover a whole day of our entire operation, so we’re extremely grateful to Marc and to Barclays for making this possible."

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Key Points

  • Barclays donate to charity to mark 20,000th Barclays Premier League goal
  • Aston Villa's Marc Albrighton hit landmark goal
  • Player donating to Acorns Children's Hospice Trust based in west Midlands