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Albion squad celebrate Foundation anniversary

21 October 2015

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THE Albion Foundation is 25 years old - and the cameras from the most famous name in TV sport have been at The Hawthorns to capture the milestone.

Albion’s entire first-team squad took part in a showcase presentation of the Foundation’s acclaimed community work, all filmed by the BBC’s Match of the Day team.

The results are scheduled to be seen in this weekend’s coverage of the Premier League but there was no shortage of highlights as our players relished the Minefield Assault and one-on-one challenge – all of it while blindfolded - and also played power chair football.

Delivering a speech to the players was Chris Winston, an Albion season-ticket holder who lost his sight suddenly three years ago while watching an England game on TV.

Chris has since joined the Albion Foundation PAN disability team and become a valued full-time member of the Foundation.

Gareth McAuley said: "Hearing Chris speak was particularly inspirational.

"We we were doing things with the blindfolds on and it makes you realise how much you take everything for granted as able-bodied people.

"The Foundation does a great job supporting and helping other people.

"It's good to raise awareness of the work the Foundation do and, as players, be able to give it our full support.

"The Foundation's work is incredible and long may that continue."

Albion Foundation Director Rob Lake said: "It was fantastic to see the whole first-team squad in attendance to give us a great start to our 25th year.

"The awareness that their presence brings is priceless and what's more they seem to have a great time.

"I am very proud of the Foundation and what we have achieved. In another 25 years, the idea is we are still going strong and able to bring further tales of inspiration."

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