It would not be an exaggeration to say that this year has been among the worst in recent memory. The various coronavirus lockdowns have actually struck many people hard, and the time for unity and coming together has never been more needed. When the call was made to step up and assist out, Sunderland fans answered absolutely.

In 2015, the Roker Report Christmas appeal raised over ₤ 19,000 – an excellent effort provided the time of the year. Fast-forward twelve months, and after a year of task losses, lockdown and monetary uncertainty, the 2020 appeal stands at well over ₤ 25,000.

Throughout this year, we have ended up being detached with our football club. First through the poor efficiencies which were put in prior to lockdown in March, and after that second of all through being not able to be physically at the Stadium of Light.

Throughout the early stages of this season, Sunderland AFC would have been at the bottom of a very long list of concerns. If 2020 has actually taught us anything, it’s that problems with methods and form on the pitch pale in comparison to those of the real life.

The huge effort with the fundraising event has been followed by a drive through food bank at the Stadium of Light, further showing the assistance individuals of Sunderland desire to provide to each other. It restores faith in humanity after a year which has actually provided many of us reasons to lose it.

Among the finest parts about a Sunderland defeat was knowing that there were thousands of others around the world who were sharing in your frustration. When it pertains to supporting these 2 wonderful causes, it turns out we have this type of ‘all in the same boat’ mindset.

We have been apart from good friends and household for much of this year, and for many of us going to the match was the only way we would see each other. What we can’t do together as a fan base in a stadium, we can do online for the very best of factors.

Seeing the quantity rise over the last couple of weeks to far more than last year’s overall has shown how great people can be. There have actually been financial battles this year, and no doubt there will be plenty more to come, but our fan base will stick together for as long as it needs to.

Both circumstances of fundraising and contributions have actually brought out the finest from individuals connected with Sunderland; any place they might be. In a country where food banks and soup kitchen areas should not even exist, our fan base is doing all it can to support those most in need in 2020.

Sunderland AFC may not be standing out as a footballing club, but the individuals who follow the group are definitely magic; do not let anybody inform you otherwise.