Sports stars back charity group

Lee Richardson
Lee Richardson

AN army of community-minded individuals have set up a new group with the aim of helping the town’s less fortunate.

Hollington Sport for Good Causes (HSGC) aims to raise money to help families or groups in need.

Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry

To that end more than 50 supporters of the newly-formed organisation are walking the Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday, March 20 to generate thousands of pounds of cash to get the ball rolling.

And the group has attracted the support of two Hastings-born sporting stars.

Footballer Gareth Barry, who plays as a midfielder for Manchester City, and Lee Richardson, British international motorcycle speedway rider, have agreed to be HSGC’s patrons.

Julie Bowles, secretary of HSGC, said: “The idea is to raise funds to help the local community. For instance, it could be for a family who are travelling up to London every day because their child is in Great Ormond Street Hospital and they are struggling with train fares, or, it could be for a disabled little girl or boy who is in desperate need of a new wheelchair.

“Some of the money will still be donated to charitable organisations such as Macmillan, but the main aim is to help local people, not just in Hollington.

“The great thing about this is that the community spirit is still very much alive and that has been apparent with the number of people who have volunteered to run the Hastings Half Marathon for our cause.”

She said the concept of such a group, which is aiming to get charity status in due cause, was first dreamt up last October.

She added: “Over the past few years, there has been a lot of local fundraising going on and it came to mind that we could do a lot more if we all pulled together. The idea for a community fund was received very well by everyone we spoke to about it and so the group was formed.

“A lot of the guys involved are from in and around Hollington or have been part of the Hollington community at some point in their lives, and, of course, love sport, hence the name.”

The organisation has formed a committee and is open to new ideas from the public at large and welcomes anyone who wants to get involved.

Those interested can email Julie Bowles at hsgc@hotmail.co.uk or go to the group’s page on social networking website Facebook.