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Turn the city red and white

by Sunderland AFC

Gear up for Capital One Cup final.

Homes, businesses and schools across Wearside are being urged to turn the city red and white ahead of Sunderland AFC’s highly anticipated Capital One Cup final next weekend.

SAFC’s official charity, the Foundation of Light, is encouraging everyone in the city to decorate their houses, shops, offices and school in red and white and dress in the club’s colours from Monday (February 24), through to the big game on Sunday 2 March. 

The campaign is designed to harness the excitement which has already gripped the city and give those unable to make the journey to Wembley a chance to get involved 

It will also serve as a fundraising opportunity for the Foundation of Light, with participants being asked to make a £1 donation to the charity. 

This can be collected by participating schools or businesses, or donated directly via a special Just Giving page

Proceeds will be used to support the Foundation of Light’s wide range of sport and education-based programmes, which benefit more than 42,000 young people and families across the north east every year. 

Those taking part in the Red and White campaign can also share photos of their decorations or red and white clothes by emailing them to or tweeting @SAFCOfficial using the hashtag #DareToDream, with the chance to win free tickets to an SAFC game at the Stadium of Light.

Lesley Spuhler, Chief Executive at the Foundation of Light, said: “The Capital One Cup final is a hugely exciting event for the club and the city as a whole.

“We hope everyone across Wearside will get involved and show their community spirit by decorating their homes, schools and businesses and wearing red and white as much as possible during the week.”

For more information about the Foundation of Light and to see a gallery of images from the Red and White City campaign from participating businesses and schools, visit or follow @SAFCFol

School and businesses interested in getting involved in the campaign should contact the Foundation of Light on 0191 5515191.


The Foundation of Light have kindly been donated a pair to top priced standard tickets for the Capital One Cup Final on Sunday 2 March and are now giving you the chance to get your hands on them.

This Charity Competition aims to generate donations for the Foundation of Light, whilst offering an amazing prize.

One lucky person will be chosen at random from correct entries in our ‘text to donate’ competition, the proceeds from which will go directly into our award winning work with children and families across the north east.

Strict terms and conditions apply, but you can donate as many times as you like from a single phone number, with free postal entries also accepted.

To donate £1 and enter please answer the following question:

Who did SAFC beat in the semi-final to reach the Capital One Cup Final?

A)           Manchester United
B)           Chelsea
C)           Southampton

Text FINAL plus A, B or C to 70099

Entries cost £1 + 1 standard text message.