PRESS RELEASE, TUESDAY 6TH JULY 2021
Marks and Spence Eden, High Wycombe select Horizon Sports Club as Charity of the Year 2021/22
Horizon Sports Club is delighted to announce that Marks & Spencer, Eden High Wycombe
has chosen us to be the Charity of the Year 2021/22. This is fantastic fundraising and
promotional opportunity for the Club which relies almost 90% on fundraising. Chairman,
Lesley Clarke, OBE has warmly welcomed this local support. She comments: ‘It has been a
tough couple of years for many charities and Horizon Sports Club is certainly no exception.
We are thrilled to be partnering with Marks & Spencer, Eden High Wycombe and look
forward to supporting the fundraising efforts in the coming months.’
Marks & Spencer, Eden High Wycombe Fundraising Co-ordinator Barbara Newbold added:
‘Throughout the pandemic we raised funds for the NHS and but we like to have a local
charity as part of our support for our local community. When I found out about Horizon
Sports Club it fitted perfectly and we are delighted to be supporting the Club this year’.
Look out instore for the donation pots and on social media for fundraising events.
About Horizon Sports Club
This is the only sports club in Buckinghamshire offering multiple sporting opportunities for
children and young people with disabilities. It relies almost 90% on fundraising and will
celebrate its 20th birthday in 2022.
To find out more about the Club please visit: www.horizonsportsclub.org.uk
Follow on Twitter: @horizoncharity and visit our Facebook page: horizonsportsclub
Please contact Hilda Stearn:
Mobile: 07808 22947
HEART OF BUCKS – MOVING OUR COMMUNITY FUND, 2021
The Club successfully applied for a grant from this local fund. It ensured that we could open our doors to welcome back our members as soon as it was safe to do so. As we all know it has been challenging at times however with our fabulous coaches and volunteers we have been able to re-open quickly. A HUGE Thank You to everyone at Heart of Bucks for your support which has been long-standing. Hopefully as we move towards the summer we will be able to start to plan our fundraising activities for 2022.Club recently received a much-appreciated cash injection from this local fund. This that despite a lack of our usual fundraising activities due to the our doors were open as soon as possible. Our coaches and volunteers were keen to welcome back our members as soon as it was safe to do so application. successfully bid for funding to ensure that as soon as it was safe to re-on that this could be done seamlessly. This vital funding has been so important as other fundraising opportunities PERSIMMON HOMES: BUILDING FUTURES FUND – 2020 FINALISTS
Although we did not win it was fantastic to be nominated. Not only did the Club receive a £5,000 consolation prize but its profile was raised in Buckinghamshire and beyond.
THANK YOU to everyone who voted. We know that votes were cast in Ireland, France and the UK which is great!
Horizon Sports Club has successfully applied to this fund and has been selected as the only Buckinghamshire charity to make it to the National Finals which take place later this year. Horizon was nominated for the Finals by the North London Team of Persimmon Homes and we are truly grateful. There are 3 prizes: £100,000; £50,000 and £20,000. As a small charity relying on fundraising we are aiming high: first prize of £100,000! This would be a real ‘game changer’ for Horizon as it would ensure not only its sustainability but also enable development.
The winning charities will be those that receive the biggest public vote. This is a real challenge for Horizon however we are determined to achieve this with the support of former & current members and their families, business and local community support and trustee contacts.
Horizon is one of 32 charities in the SPORTS category and we have some stiff opposition. They are all doing great work and the final result depends on the strength and depth of our supporter network which we feel is strong and deep.
The voting is online and each voter can vote every 24 hours using their desktop/laptop, tablet and mobile phone. The voting system will only allow one vote every 24 hours from an IP address. Additional votes can also be cast at Costa’s and McDonald’s!
Here is the link to vote for Horizon. You will need to scroll down the list – it keeps scrolling so that every charity can be near the top: https://bit.ly/3fIin7p On the opening page click BUILDING FUTURES and then FINALISTS.
Voters can be anywhere in the world so get in touch with family, friends and business colleagues across the globe!!
Voting closes on 18th September – don’t delay vote every day.
FUNDRAISING – May 2020
Although our large scale fundraising has been put ‘on hold’ due to the Covid19 pandemic supporters continue to raise much-needed funds for the Club. The Lockley Family recently organised a socially-distanced cake sale with their neighbours and raised over £800 which is an amazing sum. Well done everyone.
FUNDRAISING – golf day
Wycombe Heights Golf Club has now reopened following Government guidelines and as soon as is practicable the planned fundraising day – 24th May 2020 (St George’s Day) – will be rescheduled which is GREAT news!
FOLLOW HORIZON SPORTS CLUB – Twitter
You can follow us on Twitter – @horizoncharity
We are OPEN!
As promised we have opened as soon as it was safe to do so. We have 8 new members as well as existing members signing up for more than one class.
Volunteers are the heart of what we do and we are delighted that Wycombe High School is keen to work with us. 6 pupils so far have expressed interest which is fantastic!
Everyone at Horizon Sports Club is thrilled to be open and we will continue to monitor closely the situation to ensure that our members, coaches and volunteers are safe and back to having fun!