Former mayor supports Wolves Foundation

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Wolves Foundation are delighted to have received a donation of £7,000 from former Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Greg Brackenridge following his year in office.

The Foundation were one of Councillor Brackenridge’s chosen charities to be supported during the year, and he attended several events including a Healthy Goals session for pre-school toddlers and their parents, and a HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) course at D’Eyncourt Primary School.

He also took part in last year’s Molineux Sleepout, and chose this year’s event to pop in and reveal the fantastic fundraising total and present the cheque.

“I have always been a huge Wolves fan but, more than that, I have seen the fantastic work which Wolves Foundation carry out in the local community,” said Councillor Brackenridge, who represents Wednesfield South.

“Wolves are a true community club and the Foundation put on so many projects from pre-school activities to supporting people with dementia and, overall, cater for those from nought to 100 years-old.

“The club is the most iconic feature that we have in Wolverhampton and when you go around the world people have always heard of Wolves.

“The Foundation carry that name into the work that they do and I thought going back to the Sleepout, which I took part in last year, was a really good opportunity to thank everyone who is involved with the charity and present the cheque.”

As a keen sports-lover himself, Councillor Brackenridge also acknowledged that it was also important for him to select a charity which encourages people to become physically active.

“I love sport, I used to play rugby a lot when I was younger and I was a boxer as well,” he added.

“It’s always great to see the Foundation encouraging people to be more active but at the same time it’s about so much more than that.

“The Foundation’s holiday activities which I went to visit were excellent but also being able to give the young people food and encourage healthy eating was another major positive.

“I am delighted to have chosen Wolves Foundation as one of the charities to benefit from my year as Mayor and hope the amount raised will help them to continue their excellent work across the city of Wolverhampton.”

Tom Warren, Foundation senior manager (projects), added: “Councillor Brackenridge has been a keen supporter of Wolves Foundation for many years, and I actually remember coaching his son on one of our activities almost 15 years ago.

“We were delighted to be selected as one of the beneficiaries from the Mayor’s Charitable Fund.

“As a charity, fundraising is hugely important to ensure we can continue to deliver our range of projects, and this is a really generous donation will have a really positive impact on our programme of activities within the city.”

The other Mayoral charities supported during the year were the Alternative Giving CIO supporting homeless charities and the Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales) Regimental Charity.

*Councillor Brackenridge is pictured with his wife and the former Deputy Mayoress Sureena Brackenridge handing over the cheque to Head of Wolves Foundation Will Clowes.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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