More than 50 disabled and disadvantaged youngsters got to enjoy a Christmas party thanks to Haverhill Community Sports Association and bike-rack firm Thule.
Some 56 children were at the New Croft last Monday (December 16) for the Christmas party, with the youngsters coming from Granta Special School in Linton and the Haverhill Disabled Football Project and disadvantaged children coming through the sports group’s links with social services.
The event for three to 16 year olds was organised by the association’s administration and catering manager Fiona Tokley and New Croft facility manager and football development officer Peter Betts.
The £1,000 cost of the event, which included a free meal for the youngsters, an entertainer, a disco, and the chance to meet Santa Claus and get presents, was funded by Swedish company Thule.
Haverhill Rovers got involved as a community club, with last season’s top scorer Dan Cornwell and ex-captain and centre half Marcus Hunt meeting with the children.
Former Rovers manager Betts said: “It was brilliant and went really well.
“All the kids enjoyed themselves and it was also great from a Rovers’ perspective to be getting involved and giving up time to held children at Christmas.”
Wendy Toon, UK human resources manager for Thule Outdoor Ltd, said: “Thule felt privileged to be able to contribute and participate at the special children’s Christmas party.
“Thule as a company take seriously their social responsibility and look forward to working on the next event in the summer.
“Our resident Santa and his helpers all generously gave their time, ranging from warehouse staff to senior management.
“It was a great team effort and all felt the fun the children were having was hugely rewarding.”
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