This blog post is just a massive thank you note to everyone who donated. I can't believe the outpouring of support that came this way. Both Andy in Cambodia and I are extremely grateful for it. It really was overwhelming.
During the crowdfunding, we became an officially registered charity by the British government with the charity number 1172714. This can be searched for on google and we will come up! When the email came through I wanted to whoop and cheer but I was in a lecture so it wasn't appropriate but you couldn't have paid me enough to wipe the grin off my face! There was a lot of legal questions to answer but we managed it. I was so glad, that months of hard work had paid off.
This registering and the successful crowdfunding has really encouraged me that we are going in the right direction. However, the hard work doesn't stop here! There's plenty of work ahead of us. I've started the difficult process of trying to apply for a small grant from a trust however due to the niche of being a small British charity working abroad it becomes a bit more difficult to apply but I have found a few and will go through it in due course. If I managed to get past the legal questions that government poses you I'm sure I can get through the questions a grant giving trust has.
After this comes the expansion, we have applied to get shirts, shorts and socks from a charity that collates it all from professional football clubs and distributes it to other local charities. So I'm hoping to receive these by the end of May and take them out with me in June and give them to our players.
The players are what makes it all worth it. They have had a bit of an off time recently with Khmer New Year and Andy coming back to England for a little while and so there hasn't been much training going on but now Andy is back the children are filtering back through and with the new footballs we have, the training has never been better! I'm so excited to be going back and cracking on with the work at hand!
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared and retweeted the posts. You are all too kind.