A FOOTBALL chairman is taking on a new role at his club.

Sunderland AFC chairman, Stewart Donald, is joining the board of trustees at the club’s official charity, the foundation of Light.

Mr Donald will work alongside board members including Kate Adie, George Clarke, Paul Collingwood, Steve Cram, and former Black Cats chairman Sir Bob Murray.

Mr Donald was invited to join the board of trustees by Sir Bob. The pair have since met to discuss their aspirations and visions for the future.

Sir Bob Murray said: "I am delighted to welcome Stewart Donald to our board of trustees and to strengthen our links with the football club at the highest level.

"I believe Stewart understands what we are striving to achieve and will be very supportive of our ambitions to help change even more lives in the future through the Foundation of Light’s pioneering programmes and the new Beacon of Light, which is one of kind.

"I am looking forward to working with him to make a difference where we can.”