HCST Charity & Good Causes Donations exceed £20k

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It’s Easter weekend and amidst the current Coronavirus lockdown and what feels like a stream of constant bad news, we thought we’d bring you something for Hull City supporters to feel positive about. Whilst principally we are a Supporters Trust and therefore football matters attract most of our attention, we view our role in the local community as an important one and have been able to support many local good causes.

With the donations made from our recent charity retro shirts, HCST with the support of our members and the wider City fanbase, have made donations to charities and good causes of more than £20,000!!

The 92/93 mock-up shirt in partnership with World Retro was a huge success and allowed us to donate £500 to two of our charity partners, Dementia Friendly Hull & East Riding and MindHEALTH whose logos featured on the shirts. The success of the shirt also allowed us to make a further £500 donation to another of our charity partners Mind Hull & East Yorkshire. There remains £500+ from these sales retained by HCST to use for future good causes and donations. The shirt is still available to buy here.

HCST chairman Geoff Bielby, Vice Chair Graham Cannon and John Uttley (World Retro) present a cheque to Mind Hull & East Yorkshire

We have since been able to launch four more shirts in collaboration with World Retro, all of which can be purchased from their website here. Due to the current Coronavirus epidemic, we have decided to support charities that may be suffering during this period of lockdown: Dove House Hospice, Help the Aged and Emmaus. Your support in buying these shirts is greatly appreciated and will help us to make donations to these three fantastic charities.

Previous Charity/Good causes Donations

Tigers Co-Op and CTWD Merger

On the merger of the Tigers Co-Operative and City Till We Die to form HCST, the funds held by Tigers Co-Operative due to members donations over the years were donated to appropriate charity and community projects in keeping with the aims of the newly formed Trust.

A pot of £18,000 was split into three equal donations and Tigers Co-Operative chair Frank Beill presented the first cheque for £6,000 to the Hull Boys Sunday Football League (HBSFL) with the money to be used to set-up a grant scheme to benefit teams and players who are struggling financially. The grant is still in operation and details of how to access can be found here. A second donation of £6,000 was given to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Trust was Hull City AFC’s official charity partner for the 2014/15 season and was a deserving recipient of the money. The third £6,000 was used via the East Riding Football Association (ERCFA) to help disabled people in the area. This helped meet the costs of some disabled football sessions, enabled a wheelchair football team to purchase a chair (which can cost around £2,000) and was also used to help disabled supporters to attend Hull City games.

Emmaus

Over the past couple of years HCST has supported homeless charity Emmaus by sponsoring their annual football tournament.

Hull City Ladies

HCST has been a proud sponsor of Hull City Ladies players for the past three seasons. The first two years, we sponsored goalkeeper Amy Halloran, before this season moving outfield to sponsor Emma Westmorland. City Ladies receive no support from Hull City and therefore your membership subscription allows us to provide funds to keep women’s football going strong in the local area.

Book Launches

HCST has helped with two charitable book launches in recent times. Firstly there was former Trust Director Ian Bunton’s book ’46 and Counting’ where Ian attended every game of the 2015-16 promotion season and funds were raised for Dementia Friendly Hull & East Riding. Secondly we helped Richard Gardham with his launch of ‘The Decade’, a book documenting the 10 years that transformed Hull City AFC which raised money for Dove House Hospice.

Your HCST membership fees allow us to keep supporting these local charities and good causes and therefore we must say a big thank you to all our members. If you are not a member and would like to support the good work the Trust can do, please join the trust!

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