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Lesley Spuhler OBE (CEO of Foundation of Light) Phil Cronin (CEO of tombola)

£500,000 donation for Beacon of Light's education facilities

Sunderland's Beacon of Light will use the donation for phase one of the construction

Posted by Lucinda Reid | July 07, 2017 | People, policy, politics, money

Sunderland's new Beacon of Light has hit a £500,000 jackpot, thanks to on-line bingo firm tombola.

Tombola, which is based in the city, has made a £500,000 donation to the building of the Beacon.

Developed by the Foundation of Light, the £18million cube-shaped development, which will be illuminated at night, will include education and training facilities with an indoor football pitch above.

Work on the Beacon, which is located next to the Stadium of Light, began in October 2016 and is expected to be completed early next year. The donation from tombola towards the capital cost of the scheme will be used in phase one of the construction.

Tombola founder and CEO Phil Cronin said: "The Foundation of Light has an enviable track record in delivering pioneering education and sport programmes across the region and I’ve always been inspired and impressed by the work they do in the region. It’s a really exciting time for tombola and the Beacon as we are both ambitious to do grow and expand - and will both open landmark new head offices close to one another in 2018."

Construction on tombola’s landmark new £6million HQ at Wylam Wharf started in March and the company is planning to expand its software development workforce in Sunderland by a further 80 people.

Foundation of Light founder Sir Bob Murray CBE said: "The Beacon of Light will be a first and deliver a unique environment for education, sport, health/well-being and the world of work but it would not be possible without the support of successful and socially responsible companies like tombola. We are enormously grateful to tombola and Phil for sharing our vision for education and social care and for their commitment to helping us support more people in the North East."

The Foundation of Light was established in 2001 and uses the power of football to educate, inspire and motivate. One of the largest and leading sports charities in the UK, it has an excellent track record of working with children, young people and their families.

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