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Established in 2001 by former Sunderland AFC chairman Sir Bob Murray CBE, our mission is simple: to improve lives through the power of football.
We have grown to become one of the most pioneering sports charities in the world, winning multiple awards for our ground-breaking sports, health, community and education programmes.
The cross section of people we work with is unparalleled within our community; those we work with vary in age from 18 months to 80 years plus. We truly do offer something for everyone, with programmes impacting health, behaviour, attitude, skills, knowledge and more.
Our passionate, dedicated and highly skilled team includes professional teachers, health workers, coaches, family learning officers, youth workers and support staff based at offices and classrooms within the Beacon of Light and outreach centres throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.
Whilst we are linked to SAFC, we are structurally and financially independent of the football club. This means we are responsible for fundraising £4 million every year to run our life-changing programmes.
Jemma Dowson, Events Manager at Foundation of Light, said:
"We are delighted Jane has chosen Foundation of Light as a charity partner for her ‘I Love This City’ collection. Her work is fantastic, so intricate, and captures Sunderland’s heritage perfectly. We are certain the design will prove very popular with the people of Sunderland who are passionate about their city and its history. The partnership will help towards improving the lives of thousands of young people, adults and families across the North East.”
'Sunderland' 2018 red Bic Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken
The Sunderland design celebrates the rich cultural heritage of this great city. Magnificent black cats of Sunderland Association FC, the city’s revered football club, assemble on the Wearmouth Bridge. Also layered through this red Biro drawing is the Penshaw Monument. The launch of cargo ship Victoria City symbolises Sunderland’s eminent shipbuilding heritage, while little glass tugboats sailing down the River Wear, pay homage to the city’s prestigious glassmakers. Black cats appear on both the city coat of arms and SAFC and their inclusion in the artwork also highlights that no matter where we live humanity is entwined with the animal kingdom. More about the drawing and imagery here: