Halo, Hayes and Yead­ing

HOPE FOOT­BALL CLUB’S DONA­TION WILL BE START OF LONG AS­SO­CI­A­TION WITH BE­REAVE­MENT CHAR­ITY

Uxbridge Gazette - - News -

A CHAR­ITY that helps chil­dren deal with be­reave­ment re­ceived a boost from Hayes and Yead­ing United FC.

Halo Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion founder Alia Jones joined Mayor of Hilling­don Carol Melvin on the pitch prior to the last home game of the sea­son on Satur­day April 26 to re­ceive a cheque for £250 from club spon­sor Tony Jenk­ins, who do­nated the money on be­half of the club.

Hilling­don Mayor Carol Melvin, who has Halo as one of her cho­sen char­i­ties re­ceived a warm wel­come from the crowd as she came onto the pitch at SKYex Com­mu­nity Sta­dium and as she ad­dressed the crowd af­ter­wards.

Since mov­ing back to Hayes and the SKYex Com­mu­nity Sta­dium last year, the club has been very keen to get in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and this is a very pos­i­tive step mov­ing that for­ward as Tony Jenk­ins ex­plains,

“As a small but grow­ing foot­ball club, we have ob­served what is go­ing on in the mod­ern game of foot­ball and de­cided that we had to give some­thing back to our lo­cal com­mu­nity when foot­ball now seems dom­i­nated by money and player power.

“We’re look­ing to form an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with Halo Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion be­cause they’re lo­cally based and it’s a very wor­thy cause that’s close to ev­ery­one’s heart. We was so impressed with Alia Jones’s ded­i­ca­tion and hard work for her char­ity when we re­cently met her, we’re de­lighted to start form­ing this pro­posed re­la­tion­ship and help pro­mote them.”

Halo’s Alia Jones said she was “de­lighted for the sup­port from the club” and tells us what the aims of her char­ity are,

“Halo Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion is a lo­cal be­reave­ment char­ity sup­port­ing chil­dren and their fam­i­lies with the loss of a loved one. We aim to raise funds to open a be­reave­ment play cen­tre in the com­mu­nity, a place fam­i­lies can come to for sup­port.

“We at HALO of­fer one-toone and group coun­selling, ex­pres­sive arts and play ses­sions, a be­reave­ment book li­brary, per­son­alised mem­ory boxes, funded trips and more. We are a vol­un­tary run char­ity and not yet funded so all the do­na­tions re­ceived go to­wards sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and our mis­sion to en­sure no one grieves alone”.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Halo’s work, please go to www. halochil­drens­foun­da­tion.org. uk or its just giv­ing page is halochil­drens­foun­da­tion

IM­AGE: BRIAN MATTHEWS

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