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Whitehaven launch appeal, need £60k to finish season

Betfred League 1 club Whitehaven have launched an appeal after announcing they need £60,000 to finish the season.

The club, founded in 1948, faces possible extinction if they can’t find the money.

In a statement, chairman Tommy Todd said a combination of losing main and other significant sponsors as well as “rising costs, falling attendances and more than a 50 per cent drop in central distribution from the RFL” has put the club in a precarious state.

He continued: “The club finds itself in a position where we are some £60k short on our budget for the remainder of the season,”

“We are now at the stage where we have to appeal to you the fans, general public and businesses to come forward and get behind the club.

“We all genuinely need to help to save the club.

“In the first instance individuals and businesses can simply donate a cash sum of money to the club.

“Several kind individuals have already provided financial donations and we can’t thank those people enough.

“Alongside the above we have come up with a very generous offer to individuals who would like to invest £250.”

“For this investment you would receive one adult and one child’s season ticket for the remainder of the 2018 season, plus one adult and one child’s season tickets for the 2019 season and a seat in the Sponsors Lounge for a game of your choice.

“We therefore need 240 people and or businesses to come forward.

“A positive response to this appeal will have a significant effect on our ongoing dialogue with a major new investor who is willing to commit to a three year plan commencing 2019.

“Their plans to expand the club are the most exciting we have heard in a long time.”

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