The Trust is a local charity that has been working closely with the Hyndburn community since its establishment in 2007. Originally set up to bring Accrington Stanley Football Club and the community closer together, it now works in four areas: sports participation, education, health and wellbeing, and social inclusion. Hyndburn is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, whose council is based in Accrington.
The Trust said: ‘Football and in particular, Accrington Stanley Football Club, has the ability to engage people, improve community cohesion and raise the hopes and aspirations of the people of Hyndburn. We all recognise that sport can play a prominent role in addressing major issues such as obesity, anti-social behaviour, health, employment and attainment.’
Martin Fearon, ceo of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, said: “We are really thankful for the donation. Being self-funded and a non-profit organisation, we rely solely on donations to function – so every penny counts, and this is quite a substantial amount.
“The money is the first donation to be made to go towards a sports hub development at Higham 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 will really help us do that.”
Tony Grimshaw OBE, director of What More UK, 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. What Accrington Stanley Community Trust do for locals is invaluable, and to have even a small part to play is an honour.”
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What More UK director Tony Grimshaw OBE hands over the £10,000 cheque to Martin Fearon, ceo of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, at the proposed Higham Playing Fields development