MK Dons have teamed up with The Lions to allow over 70 people to attend the match as part of a buddy system
The Lions are the world's largest service club organization with over 1.35 million members and are also one of the most effective. Their aim is to help local communities and to make connections with everybody varying from children with special needs, seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people they may never normally meet in day-to-day work.
Lions from three local clubs are present today; Eaton Bray, Luton and Letchworth, with 75 people who would not normally have the opportunity to attend a football game. They have brought people from Mencap, Snugs, Jackie’s Drop in Centre for people with special needs, the Over 60’s Club for people with varying degrees of dementia and Briar Patch which is a residential unit for young people with learning disabilities, preparing them for an independent life. The Lions have also hired a bus from Cozy’s in order to bring the majority of their guests along today.
Rachel Addy, the co-ordinator of today’s event for the Lions, said: “Lions’ clubs around the world work hard to support their local communities and actively seek out people who may benefit from our support. The opportunity given to us today by MK Dons has allowed us to offer this group of people a day out that they will never forget and shows the strength of the relationship between our two organisations.”
All members of Lions Clubs are volunteers. They are always looking for likeminded people to join them so if you happen to have a few hours to spare, please do get in touch with them – www.ebelions.org.uk.
Special ticket prices are on offer to disabled supporters for this fixture with tickets available from £12 for Adults and £3 for Under 18s with a free carer ticket also available.
The Crawley game kicks off at 3pm and will see a half-time parade from MK Dons disability teams along with a number of disabled Crawley supporters together with a video on the stadium's big screen showing how football can be enjoyed by all. The disability teams will also be providing the Guard of Honour for the players pre-match.
For further information or to purchase tickets for the MK Dons Ability Counts Big Day, please visit the Box Office at stadiummk and thecentre:mk or ring the Box Office on 01908 622900.