Chelsea donates WSL prize money to domestic abuse charity Refuge

Chelsea have announced that they are donating their prize money after being crowned 2019/20 Women’s Super League champions to UK charity Refuge, the country’s largest provider of domestic abuse services and support.

After the WSL was canceled as a result of the challenges caused by the coronavirus crisis, Chelsea were awarded the title on points per game, in the process edging out Manchester City and reclaiming the trophy from 2018/19 champions Arsenal. went

It is the third WSL title in six seasons for Chelsea and manager Emma Hayes, who also won the Short Spring Series title in 2017.

But in these difficult times which have seen increased demand for Refuge’s helpline and services from victims of domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis, Chelsea want to donate their £100,000 reward fund, and Refuge wants to further its current involvement with

“This is a charity close to the hearts and minds of the women’s team, and very important to our owner Mr Abramovich and everyone at the club,” Hayes told the club’s official website.

“It makes me proud that our club is helping the less fortunate in their time of need.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has won 3 WSL titles / Catherine Iwell/Getty Images

“So far our involvement has been about publicly supporting the campaign with a call to action but we all wanted to do more and if donating our prize money could ease people’s fears and anxieties. So this is the least we can do.

“It’s an important message. It’s a campaign we really care about and the best way we can further show our support is by committing our prize money to it and helping those in need.”

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