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COMMUNITY: Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund awards first three grants

17 October 2018

The Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund has awarded cheques to the first three community organisations to benefit from the Fund.

We welcomed Castle Wood School, Coventry Sphinx Blue U15’s and Bulkington Cricket Club to the game against Sunderland to celebrate the donations made by The Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund.

The Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund was created to provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for those who need it most, in memory of the late Jimmy Hill OBE, who passed away on 19th December 2015. In his memory, Sky Blues in the Community run the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund, supported by a committee of Sky Blues fans, to support local community organisations that change lives in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Sky Blues in the Community and CCFC welcomed the first 3 Jimmy Hill Legacy funded organisations to enjoy a match day experience to thank them for their ongoing support and to celebrate the work they do across the community. We are very proud to have worked with such inspirational and community focused organisations, they promote all the values Sky Blues in the Community work so hard to deliver.

Sue Rumble, Administration assistant at Castle Wood School said: “The grant awarded from The Jimmy Hill Legacy has helped us to update the equipment on our playground, giving our children, who have special educational needs, a greater variety of equipment to keep them motivated and stimulated. The equipment has helped with social interaction, communication, physical activity and given the sensory feedback that many of our children need. It is lovely to see them being happy, enjoying the outdoors and interacting with the new play equipment.

"Without support from funds such as The Jimmy Hill Legacy our charity would be unable to give these children the support that they require. It is great to know that there are local funds like yours that are willing to help but also get involved by visiting, meeting our children and seeing what we do.”

Edward Wilson, Bulkington Cricket Club Head Coach said: “For our club it has enabled us to train up newly qualified coaches which means we can continue to grow our junior section. It also means there is less pressure on one person to do everything at the club and spreads the workload. Amateur clubs rely heavily on volunteers and getting funding from the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund plays a vital part in helping sports clubs and community groups to continue to thrive.”

Dave Rogers, Manager of Sphinx Blue U15’s, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund for awarding Coventry Sphinx Blue U15’a a grant.  We have used the grant to fund a home kit which will last for the next 3 seasons. Finding a sponsor to fund a kit for an u15’s team is less appealing than when they were younger so being awarded the grant has been a huge help!

"The Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund is important to the community as it provides opportunities, for both Adults and Children, to be involved in activities that may not have previously been available to the community.  Many of the football team are season ticket holders and are extremely proud to wear a kit with Jimmy Hill's name on!”

We are currently in the process of raising funds to allow the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund to continue supporting charities and community interest organisations. Keep an eye out for our upcoming fundraising events and get involved! If you would like to donate, become a Jimmy hill Legacy Fund sponsor or just simply offer your support please do get in touch.

For more information please contact SBitC's Partnerships and Communications Officer, Rachel Edwards, by email on rachel.edwards@ccfc.co.uk or phone 02476 786 349.

To make a donation online to the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund, click here. 


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