Frank Beill hands over the Tigers Co-operative’s final legacy donation.
As part of the merger process to create the Hull City Supporter’s Trust, the members of the old Tigers Co-operative voted to donate a large part of the existing Tigers Co-op funds to deserving local football related good causes.
In particular the members wanted to donate money towards providing financial help for local disadvantaged/disabled youngsters so they could attend Hull City matches at the KC Stadium. This is the purpose of the donation of £2,000 made to the KIDS charity (please note – KIDS is not connected to the Kids Company charity which has been in the news recently).
Claire Crosbie, Senior Regional Fundraiser, explains what the charity does:
‘KIDS Yorkshire & The Humber has been supporting disabled children and young people, regardless of their disability, since 1988.
‘Every year our work makes a major difference to many people’s lives through a range of services that enables hundreds of children to participate fully in leisure services, access appropriate education and achieve greater independence whilst giving their parents respite, guidance and support.
‘We work with disabled children from birth up to the age of 25, allowing us to provide continuity of support as children become young adults. We also support parents and siblings as we recognise that the family unit is placed under enormous strain when caring for a disabled child.
‘We currently support over 1,000 disabled children and their families in the Hull area and surrounding villages.
‘Our vision is a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.
‘Many of the opportunities we provide including our Youth Groups (aged 8-18 year olds; held 2 evenings a week and every 1st Saturday of the month) are delivered free to families, relying purely on voluntary income and so only remain possible with the support of the local community.
‘Your wonderful donation of £2,000 will be used for our Youth Groups to be able to access Hull City matches.
‘We would like to say a huge thank you for giving us this valuable new opportunity.’
Picture – Frank Beill, former chair of the Tigers Co-op and HCST board member, presents the cheque to KIDS’ youth worker Neneh Ceesay.