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Young Dons celebrate Hopeful Vessels' five-year celebrations

Academy players support local charity aimed at helping parents who are caring for children with disabilities...

10 July 2023

Community

Young Dons celebrate Hopeful Vessels' five-year celebrations

Academy players support local charity aimed at helping parents who are caring for children with disabilities...

10 July 2023

Earlier this summer, players from the MK Dons Academy attended the five-year anniversary celebrations of Hopeful Vessels – a local charity from Milton Keynes.

Hopeful Vessels was created when MK-resident Ella Oyortey and other mothers who found themselves feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of caring for children with disabilities or exceptional needs.

The charity started as provider of support to complete claim-forms and identify further support means, though it has eventually developed into workshops, conferences and a source of advice for dealing with early-intervention strategies and diagnoses of autism and ADHD.

The MK Dons players who attended engaged with the community, participating in fundraising games as well as sharing experiences with those involved in the charity along with The Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Marie Bradburn.

Recently, Hopeful Vessels has expanded into Ghana, following a visit by Ella in 2018, and it is now supporting 60 families in the African country as well. MK Dons Sport and Education Trust have donated football kits for Ella to take to Ghana on her next visit.

Ella Oyortey told mkdons.com: “I cannot thank MK Dons enough. All the children in Ghana love football and I cannot wait to see them proudly wearing the colours of MK Dons. Hopefully they will become life-long supporters.

“Thank you and well done as well to the MK Dons Academy players for getting involved in the community of Milton Keynes.”


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