The WHAM group of companies, headed up by Andy Holt, has donated £10,000 to Accrington Stanley Community Trust.
The Trust is a self-funded, non-profit, registered charity that has been working closely with the Hyndburn community since its establishment in 2007. With their initial intention to bring the professional football club and the community closer together, the trust has now expanded to work in four key themed areas: Sports Participation, Education, Health and Wellbeing, and Social Inclusion.
- 1000+ hours of volunteering by young people
- 77 local schools engaged with
- 1084 children taking part in the Healthy Eating and Exercise Project
- 115 participants in disability sports
- 15,000 people participants in 2017
- Inclusive of toddlers from aged two – people over 50 years old: from the Stanley Kickers club for toddlers to ‘Walking Football’ and ‘Walking Netball’ for the over 50’s
What More UK are the UK’s largest manufacturer of plastic household accessories and storage boxes under their brand names Wham, PushPan and Wham Cook. What More UK’s quality products are recognized globally and currently distributed to 71 countries.
Keen to give back to the local community, they chose to donate £10,000 to Accrington Stanley Community Trust.
Their vision: to use the power of Accrington Stanley Football Club to improve the lives of the people of Hyndburn through participation in sport and exercise.
Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, said:
“We are really thankful for the donation made by WHAM. We rely solely on donations to function, being self-funded and a non-profit organisation, so every penny counts and this is quite a substantial amount. The money donated is the first donation to be made to go towards the sports hub development at Higham’s Playing Fields. The costs to finish the state-of-the-art sports facility are around £2.5 million and we still have £1 million to raise to complete it from local businesses, private individuals and fundraising activities. We really strive to give back to the local community and to be as inclusive as we possibly can and the £10,000 off WHAM will really help us do that.”
Tony Grimshaw OBE, Director of the WHAM group of companies, commented:
“I really hope other local businesses see the good that the sports hub will provide for people in and around Accrington and help get it up and running as I know the completion is reliant on donations to make up the remaining cost – any donation is appreciated because every penny counts. What Accrington Stanley Community Trust do for the locals is invaluable and to have even a small part to play is an honour.”
To find out more information about Accrington Stanley Community Trust visit http://www.stanleytrust.co.uk/us/