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PNECET Nominate Alan Browne For EFL's Player In The Community Award

14 February 2022

Preston North End Community and Education Trust have nominated club captain Alan Browne for the EFL's Player In The Community Award for the annual EFL Awards.

Browne has been out supporting the work of the Preston North End Community and Education Trust this season since player appearances have again been permitted, as well as giving his backing to the Preston-based charity TippyToes Baby Bank.

The Republic of Ireland international, along with compatriot Sean Maguire, met the founders of TippyToes Baby Bank for World Mental Health Day last year to reward them with match tickets under the Lancashire Police Community Hero season ticket award scheme - with different deserving members of the community offered tickets for each game.

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Browne continued to follow the work of the charity after their meeting and stepped in to support them in their time of need earlier this year; organising and paying for additional storage space for TippyToes to store their items, preventing them from having to dispose of it and potentially see families go without.

The charity recycle essential children's items such as clothing, toys and other items and distribute them to vulnerable families in the area.

As well as supporting TippyToes Baby Bank, Browne visited Sherwood Primary School in December to launch the club's Golden Ticket campaign, which invited primary school children to attend two league fixtures in January free of charge, alongside a reduced-price paying adult.

Speaking about his involvement with TippyToes, Browne said: “It was something that really interested me because it was something I’d thought of in the past in terms of whether there are charities for babies and children. You start to think how people cope.

“When we met the charity, it was something that I took interest in straightaway. I probably should have got involved a lot sooner as it was something I wanted to do, I wanted to meet them again and I told them that

“I saw the tweet that they were looking for storage so I gave them a message and thankfully they got back to me and we managed to sort something out.”


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