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Hello and welcome to our latest news page. Below you will find information about the projects and organisations we are supporting through the foundation.

The Gale Foundation and the Mission Christmas Appeal 2023

Mission Christmas 2023 resultsOnce again the Gale Foundation has been supporting Cash For Kids with their Mission Christmas appeal. This helps children that need it most across the UK and more specific to us, across the south.

The mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people by delivering a happy Christmas to those who were at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day.

Mission Christmas for 2023 is now closed but we will continue to work throughout 2024 ready to support the children and young people who really need us next Christmas.

See the Official Mission Christmas Page HERE..!

Christmas for kids logoContinued Support For Christmas For Kids

The GFT are pleased to announce the continued funding towards Christmas for Kids for the 7th year with a grant of £2,000.

To find out more about C4K please visit

Neil running a marathon
Neil smashing it

Neil Bichard taking on his epic challenge

The GFT were pleased to support Neil Bichard in his epic challenge of completing the London Marathon back in April. Neil was looking to raise £2,000 for local Christchurch charity Macmillan Caring Locally, another cause close to the hearts of the GFT.

Our donation of £209 took Neil’s total pledged to £3,000, a figure which has been greatly exceeded since with the final figure being in excess of £4,500.

Congratulations Neil!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Mission Christmas Update June 2023

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Lego Art Project set bought at nearly 75% less than the cheapest Amazon price
A pallet load of Lego sets delivered in preparation for this year’s appeal

In our year long search for exceptional value to buy presents for the Mission Christmas Appeal, we were delighted to take advantage of a further opportunity to buy some brand-new Lego sets at a fraction of their retail value. At the time of writing, the cheapest price we could find online for the 4,000 piece Art Project sets was £57.50.

Thanks to the generosity of Lego, we acquired 120 sets at the fantastic price of just £15 a set!

There will be some very happy children who receive these on the big day! In addition, further Lego sets were bought at the same time adding to the ones we bought earlier in the year.


Thrive at St Aldhems
From left Tyler, Dan and Richard with the students

Poole Town FC’s Kids Initiative, with the financial support of local charity The Gale Foundation Trust, were delighted to be asked once more for assistance from the Shine Project which is a Dorset charity committed to supporting young people, aged 11 – 15, improve their physical and mental health. The Shine Project partners with schools, youth clubs and other charities to offer a choice of well-being courses. The main courses for schools are split into 2.

The Shine Course has been developed for those that identify as female/non-binary whilst the Thrive Course is for those identifying as male/non-binary. These early intervention, 7-8 week, courses consist of small groups exploring subjects closely related to their physical and mental health.

Just before the half-term break, Poole Town FC director Richard Gale and Dan Neville of Champion Sports Group, PTFC’s coaching partners joined a Thrive class being held at St Aldhelms school in Parkstone which was, that week, addressing physical fitness and healthy eating. They were joined by British Virgin Island’s international, and Poole Town U23 striker, Tyler Forbes. Dan, a former Poole Town player and AFC Bournemouth coach, is also the current head coach of the British Virgin Island’s football team. Together they were ideal people to give the attendees good advice and encouragement about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise. The session ended with Tyler taking the group through some good stretching and exercising routines.

The Shine Project courses have proved to be extremely popular and the charity has now worked with 23 schools locally. The Kids Initiative is keen to continue to support these sessions, especially for schools in the Poole area, many of whom it already helps through its Schools Program.

Richard Gale, Chair of Trustees, commented “We are delighted to confirm that we have agreed with the Shine project to contribute £1,000 a term towards the cost of each Thrive/Shine project which is held in schools in the Poole area. We see these early intervention courses as being a really effective way to help teenagers who may be going through a very difficult time in their lives”.

For more information about The Shine Project visit

KI Juniors Coach Shea And His Playing Sister Anya Who Started At Poole Town Juniors Appear On CBBC

Children attending the Gale Foundation supported FREE KI soccer coaching will all know our popular coach Shea Lucas. However, Shea is not the only talented footballer in his family.

His sister, Anya, is featured in a CBBC programme which charts her time playing for Poole Town Wessex, our juniors and ladies’ section, before being scouted and signing a contract with Premier League side Southampton.

A great example to all our budding players of what can be achieved.

KI Coach Shea and Playing Sister Anya who started at KI Juniors appear on CBBCClick the image to watch the video


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