Owls win praise in parliament
Hillsborough MP Angela Smith has tabled an Early Day Motion praising the Owls for their partnership with The Children's Hospital in Sheffield and encouraging more Football League clubs "to build effective links with local charities and the communities they serve". The EDM proposed: "That this House congratulates Sheffield Wednesday FC on its decision to engage as its main sponsor The Children's Hospital in Sheffield; recognises the potential this creates for raising significant sums of money for a highly valued charity; notes that this partnership has already raised £50,000 for the charity and that the first major business has announced a sponsorship deal which will benefit both the charity and the club; and calls on other professional football clubs to follow Sheffield Wednesday's lead in forgoing sponsorship deals in order to build effective links with local charities and the communities they serve." Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford said: "It's great our club has been recognised by parliament in this way. Our partnership with The Children's Hospital is something we knew would have a very positive impact on the community and we're only starting to see that impact. "To have helped raise £50,000 for The Children's Hospital Charity just a quarter of the way into the first season of this partnership is a fantastic achievement but many more benefits are yet to come. "Sheffield Wednesday's partnership with The Children's Hospital has sparked the imaginations of many people, whether they are Owls fans or not, and it has been very rewarding to see so many people approaching the club with ideas to help raise funds for the charity."
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