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Maidenhead United celebrate 150 years of history in style

By Grace Scott

Maidenhead United celebrate their 150th Anniversary this season. They have been playing at their home of York Road since the 16th of February 1871. Despite the pandemic and its influence on bringing communities together, the club have still managed to plan virtual events and campaigns. One of which being the Magpies 150 Challenge.

The aim of the challenge is to raise funding for the benefit of the following 15 charities from Maidenhead and Windsor: Foodshare Maidenhead, Alzheimers Dementia Support, the Dash Charity, Family Friends Windsor & Maidenhead, Maidenhead and Windsor Citizens Advice, the Link Foundation, Norden Farm, Number 22, People to Places, R&R Recharge, SMILE, SportsAble, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Windsor Foodshare and the Maidenhead United FC Community Trust.

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All of the charities provide vital services for the benefit of local, often the most vulnerable, and they have all been impacted in different ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have experienced overwhelming increases in the demand for their support and services. All are experiencing financial challenges due to loss of fundraising income or increased demand for services. Some may even struggle to survive or maintain the provision of services without additional financial support.

We aim to raise £150,000 through the Magpies 150 Challenge. All the funding raised will be split equally between each of the 15 charities.

The staff at the club have taken on a variety of their own challenges. Chief Executive, Jon Adams, walked 150km in seven days around Maidenhead and Windsor back in June.

Sports Therapist, Megan Robson has taken on various challenges, including baking 15 cookies, hand-making 15 face coverings, donating a proportion of profit from her business (MLR Sports Therapy), and completing a 15km run.

Fixture Secretary, Neil Maskell, has been busy writing 150 days of articles on Maidenhead United’s history in the build-up to the 150th anniversary in February.

This initiative shows the character and emotion of this team and its community.

You can find out more about the challenge and get involved by visiting www.magpies150challenge.co.uk.

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