All 72 Football League clubs are preparing to join forces in a united week of action to raise awareness and vital funds for Help the Hospices - The Football League's Official Charity Partner for the 2011/12 season.

Help the Hospices Football Week which starts this Friday, March 2 and runs until March 11, will see fans, players and managers get behind Help the Hospices, the UK charity for hospice care.

As part of that commitment, league clubs will participate in a number of initiatives including:

- Feature the Help the Hospices logo on players' shirts
- Wear sunflower badges to show support for Help the Hospices
- Hold a bucket collection for our local hospice
- Donate a percentage of the club's ticket sales from a charity match
- Auction an 'experience day' with the club
- Invite a hospice nurse and patient to a match as VIP guests
- Visit our local hospice to learn more about their vital work

John Nagle, Head of Communications at The Football League said: "It is likely that around half the number of people that watch Football League matches will know someone that has been cared for by a hospice.

"Hospice care is usually free for patients and families, but it's not free to provide. Therefore, please help us to make a difference to seriously ill people and their families by getting involved during 'Help the Hospices Football Week'."

Each club is twinned with a local hospice as part of The Football League's Official Charity Partnership with Help the Hospices.

Since the partnership launched, millions of supporters across The Football League's 72 clubs have shared one goal - to champion the hospice cause and help people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses to live well.

Find out more about Help the Hospices Football Week (2 to 11 March) at www.helpthehospices.org.uk/footballweek.

Help for Hospices

This season Football League clubs throughout the country are working with their local hospices as part of The Football League's Official Charity Partnership with Help the Hospices.

For more details on the partnership click here