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Jonathan Burke – Jonathan became a Patron of the Charity in 2018, he is the joint chair of Ashton United F.C. which is his first position within a football club. Local to the area he is a lifelong supporter and his grandfather, Johnny Burke played over 400 games in the fifties and sixties. Jonathan played his only completive game for AFC Stanley Tigers U13's in the late nineties. He was brought on as a half time substitute and substituted shortly after. After his debut Accrington Stanley ended its official ties to the Team! Outside of football Jonathan is an internationally award-winning writer and actor and is the company director of Mischief having performed on the West End and Broadway. He is the co-author of 'The Play That Goes Wrong, 'Magic Goes Wrong' and 'The Comedy about a Bank Robbery' which have been performed all over the world in over forty different countries. He has also written and appeared in the BBC One sitcom The Goes Wrong Show


Angela Rayner - The local MP for Ashton under Lyne and the current Deputy Leader of the Labour Party became the Patron for Ashton United in the Community in 2017.

See what Angela has to say about the charity in this video.

Who we are and What we do.........

We are the bridge between Ashton United Football Club and the community, and support the work of volunteers associated to Ashton United and the projects, events, and community activities that take place. As a focal point of the community of Hurst we aim to tackle local issues identified through consultation with our users, and potential users.

Through offering volunteering opportunities to local people we can help to improve their confidence, physical and mental health and wellbeing, and give them skills and knowledge that may lead to work opportunities. They make new friends and become part of a team. Where the volunteers are students they will gain valuable work experience.

Together with volunteering at events taking place at Hurst Cross the volunteers will support a number of projects that tackle issues associated with the deprivation prevalent in the ward e.g. poverty, loneliness, isolation, poor health and wellbeing, community safety, lack of education, unemployment.

The Trustees and Volunteers have recently undertaken a community needs analysis (Report April 2018) and in consultation with our business consultant have formulated a business plan for the next three years which will begin to form our projects for the future.

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