03 Dec HUDDERSFIELD TOWN FOUNDATIONâ€™S â€˜FIZZ FRIDAYâ€™ RAISES OVER Â£7,000!
The Huddersfield Town Foundation hosted their annual ladiesâ€™ lunch on Friday 29 November, now known as â€˜Fizz Fridayâ€™. The event took place in the beautiful Coach House of The Manor House, Lindley with the venue acting as the eventâ€™s headline supporter.
Over 130 guests were in attendance at the event, hosted by the Jo Cox Foundationâ€™s Ambassador Kim Leadbeater, to learn more about the work of the Huddersfield Town Foundation and be entertained with an afternoon of games, music and more.
The event raised a whopping Â£7,713, which is a Town Foundation record and testament to the strong support of the community.
On arrival, guests were handed a glass of fizz before having chance to partake in some retail therapy, with local exhibitors such as Hollybank School; Divine Gin; Jan Swallow Crafts; Almond Clothing; Tropic Skincare all selling their crafts, just in time for Christmas.
Guests were called to lunch at noon and Kim Leadbeater opened proceedings, with a few words of welcome from the Foundationâ€™s CEO, Siobhan Atkinson. Guests were then invited to take part in the first game of the day: a â€˜heads and tailsâ€™ game, where they were asked to answer true or false facts all surrounding the theme of breakfast. This was led by Jeannette Cartwright of Kirklees Catering Services, who also donated a bottle of pink Moet for the winning prize.
The Foundationâ€™s â€˜Early Kick-Offâ€™ Breakfast Clubs, founded by Dean and Janet Hoyle in 2012, are the lifeblood of the Foundation, with 41 Breakfast Clubs in operation and an annual running cost of Â£140,000 to the Foundation. However, the Foundationâ€™s scheme of delivery now extends much beyond this.
Sporting Memories participant, Richard told guests how, as a youngster, he used to catch the bus from Heckmondwike to Huddersfield to watch HTAFC and, even though he now considers himself a Liverpool fan, he enjoys attending the Foundationâ€™s Sporting Memories sessions at the Brian Jackson House, where he can talk with friends about his local club.
EmployAbility participant, Ivan explained that the Foundation has had a transformative impact on his social life and his confidence levels and that he now enjoys helping out as a match day volunteer with the Foundationâ€™s â€˜Fans for Foodbanksâ€™ initiative. Most recently, Ivan took part in the NCS programme, where he was exposed to a range of new activities such as the â€˜social action challengeâ€™.
Both participants were presented with a HTAFC football signed by the First Team as thanks for sharing their stories with the room.
Guests were served a delicious meal including parsnip and bramley apple veloutÃ© and Yorkshire bronzed turkey followed by sticky toffee pudding.
Once desserts were underway, Kim Leadbeater opened the live auction, which included a variety of â€˜money canâ€™t buyâ€™ prizes such as:
– A â€˜Come Dine With Meâ€™ dinner party, cooked by the HTAFC first teamâ€™s own chef;
– A family photography session, donated by Club photographer, John Early;
– An 18 CRT diamond necklace, donated by JPB Jewellery;
– A signed and match-worn Christopher Schindler shirt;
– X2 tickets for the Boardroom on match day, including a three course meal and Directorâ€™s Box seats;
– Bespoke tailored shirt and tie, donated by Owen Scott; and
– The chance for x2 to play FIFA against First Team players at PPG Canalside.
The event was concluded with closing remarks from Foundation Trustees; Janet Hoyle, Ann Hough, Caroline Lee and Louise Woollard, who announced the running total live on stage.
Speaking of the event, Foundation CEO, Siobhan Atkinson commented:
â€œThis was my first experience of the Ladiesâ€™ Lunch since joining the Foundation and it didnâ€™t disappoint. The team have done a fantastic job in organising and The Manor House was the perfect setting.
â€œI would like to thank each and every one of our guests for their contribution today, whether it be local businesses buying a table or individuals adding to a gift aid packet. The funds will be used to sustain our invaluable work across the Kirklees community.
â€œWe hope everyone had a brilliant day and will consider joining us again in 2020.â€
To submit an expression of interest for Fizz Friday 2020, please contact Fundraising Coordinator, Lisa Bottomley at Lisa.email@example.com.