In light of the coronavirus pandemic, The Football Association (FA) this week announced that the 2019-20 football season has been terminated with all results considered ‘null and void’ for all clubs competing in The National League System (Steps Three to Seven). 

Despite a record breaking run of 24 consecutive league wins and riding high at the top of South West Peninsula League West, the players and management of Helston Athletic Football Club have put aside their disappointment at missing out on promotion with an amazing gesture of goodwill in donating £6,000 to two locally based charities.

The news was announced in a club statement, which read: “Throughout a playing season, it is common practice for teams to collect fines from players who breach localised club rules, such as attending with unclean boots, arriving late, allowing a mobile phone to ring in the changing room, to name but a few. 

“Such funds are usually set aside for end of season celebrations. However, with the season now ended and the coronavirus situation requiring an unprecedented need for financial support, club captain Mark Goldsworthy and first team manager Steve Massey were quick to propose all team monies were collected, along with some additional donations from members and be split in support of essential supplies.”

It was Massey himself who advised Helston Mayor, John Martin, of the donation, which will be split between Helston Community Hospital and the towns food bank, known as The Mustard Seed.

The mayor thanked the players and club, before saying: “With funds starting to run low, such donations are magnificent, much needed and will be gratefully received – thank you.”

Helston Athletic Football Club chairman, Paul Hendy, added: “This extremely kind gesture is not from the club but from its players and management. I feel immensely proud of their decision to support two local based charities, whom I know will welcome every pound they can collect at this difficult and challenging time.”

A presentation of the donated money to Helston Town Council for distribution is currently being arranged.

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