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NEWS: Jimmy Hill Day to take place in December, with Legacy Fund concluding fundraising

1 December 2022

Club News

NEWS: Jimmy Hill Day to take place in December, with Legacy Fund concluding fundraising

1 December 2022

Coventry City’s home game against Swansea City will be the Club’s Jimmy Hill Day!

Funds will be raised for the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund, with a collection around the ground on the day, and the contribution of the Club’s legendary manager and chairman will be celebrated on the day.

Following the fundraising, and also the auction of unique CCFC prizes leading up to the game, the Legacy Fund, which was founded in 2016, will close.

The Committee of the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund has decided to conclude the fundraising of the Legacy Fund after six years. During that time, thousands of pounds has been raised for various good causes in Coventry and Warwickshire.

This has included providing activities for children and adults with disabilities and for disadvantaged children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire, and supporting the work of the matchday Family Zone.

Grants have also been provided to a number of organisations too – including:

  • Castle Wood School for new playground equipment
  • Coventry Sphinx Blue U15’s for new kit
  • Bulkington Cricket Club to train new coaches
  • Macmillan Walking Football Cancer Support Group pitch hire and refreshments
  • Supporting coach development at Coventry City Women and Girls FC
  • City of Coventry Corps of Drums to help work to encourage new members
  • Foleshill Fire Cadets Q.A.V.S for new equipment and activities
  • Mercia Therapy Centre Coventry for a physiotherapy led exercise class for 12 months
  • Kit and equipment for the Longford Short Football Soccer Camps

During the COVID pandemic, the Legacy Fund also supported Moat House Community Trust Henley Green Grub Hub and the Rise project, which supported children who were struggling with their mental health during the pandemic – both topics which came to the forefront during the period.

Through the donations of Sky Blues and Swansea supporters in December, we hope to be able to make more grants to local causes before the Legacy Fund concludes.

Collectors from Coventry City Girls FC are around the ground on Saturday 17th December with a bucket collection to raise money for the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund and we ask fans to donate bring cash and donate any if they can!

Joe Elliott, chair of the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund committee, said:

“Jimmy Hill was an icon of our wonderful Club and City. The fans have helped to make sure that his name will never be forgotten.

“The permanent memory is there for all the world to see - the fantastic Statue and the Jimmy Hill Memorial Garden and as you can see above many great causes have been helped in Jimmy’s name. 

“I would like to thank the statue committee and the legacy committee and Sky Blues in the Community for all their hard work to make things happen. 

“I’d also like to thank the family and also the fans - a big thank you for your generous donations that have enabled Jimmy’s name to remain with us for ever.”

Thanks go to the voluntary Committee of the Legacy Fund:

Former Sky Blues chairman Joe Elliott MBE, Sky Blues in the Community’s Dave Busst, Mark Hornby from Coventry City, Terry Angus from the Professional Footballers Association, former Olympian Dave Long and Emma Brodie from Coventry Building Society.

The committee would like to thank from Sami Turgeon of Sky Blues in the Community for her hard work and support for the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund, and also Laina Tebbutt and Coventry City Women and Girls FC for their time and support in fundraising for the JHLF over the last few years. The committee would also like to thank Sky Blues in the Community, in particular Dave Busst, for their huge contribution too.

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