Mee a champion of community

Mee a champion of community

Burnley FC in the Community has awarded the club’s PFA Community Champion Award for the 2018/19 season to defender Ben Mee.

A player is selected for the award each season which recognises the outstanding contribution they have made to the community they are part of.

Burnley FC in the Community’s Chief Executive Officer Neil Hart presented Ben with award prior to the final home game of the season against Arsenal FC.

Neil Hart said: “Ben has made a huge contribution to our community this season.

“Over the course of this year’s campaign, he helped us to open the Burnley Community Kitchen and donated items to our foodbank, he has become an ambassador of our Schools’ Mental Wellbeing Project and visited various activities related to this field of work.

“As well as agreeing to the varied requests for this time and support, Ben has also come forward independently to offer his help which has been welcomed by our team.

“He is an exceptional role model; compassionate, generous and actively involved in the work we are carrying out in Burnley and the surrounding areas. He has put a smile on plenty of people’s faces this season!

“This award is totally deserved and on behalf of Burnley FC in the Community I extend my thanks to Ben for all his support.”

Burnley FC in the Community is Burnley FC’s official charity. In the five years since its formation, the charity has invested £10 million into communities surrounding the Turf Moor stadium.

Based on a model of identifying a social issue specific to the local area and offering a viable solution to combat it, the charity’s broad portfolio of projects now tackle, as a snapshot; chronic loneliness, unemployment, mental health issues, poor academic attainment, anti-social behaviour, youth crime and physical and health inequalities.