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Firstly our two main fundraising events this year will be:
* A BLACK TIE BALL on the 17th June 2017 (poster HERE)
* DONATE FOR DAN RUGBY DAY on the 29th July 2017.
See below for more details!
Friends and family of Dan Hickey award their first charity grants in his memory:
A group of voluntary and community organisations have been given the go-ahead for a number of sports and drama projects with local young people, thanks to the Dan Hickey Fund, set up in memory of a young local man who died tragically in a hit and run incident in August 2015.
The Fund's decision-making panel, made up of Dan's friends and family, met in February to review the first ever round of funding applications from nearly thirty groups. The criteria for applying was for youth organisations involved in drama or sport initiatives, helping young people who are 25 years old or younger and live in the local Bristol community. Dan was 25 years old when he died. The panel awarded grants to eight community organisations, totalling more than £19,000 to support inspiring local projects benefitting young people.
The groups receiving the very first grants from the Dan Hickey Fund are:
"It's great that the Dan Hickey Fund is supporting this project", said Kneehigh's Bethany Lyne. "It'll ensure that young people from across Bristol, who ordinarily wouldn't have the chance, can experience live theatre and share in the joy of a Kneehigh show. We're excited at the prospect of bringing our programme to Bristol and working with the young people and community groups there."
Another group receiving funding for a half-term project, Unique Voice, says the grant has already made a huge impact.
"The funding granted by the Dan Hickey Fund has made a big difference to the children who participated", said Cat Sparkes, co-Founder. "Many of the children who are referred to us don't get the opportunity to take part in out of school activities and so, having a fun, creative, and safe place to make new friends and play is not taken for granted."
Children who have taken part in the latest Unique Voice project have written thank you cards and letters to the Dan Hickey Fund. One letter said: "I have made so many new friends [ ] thank you so much, I hope this could happen again."
Dan's sister Lizzie said: "To be able to fundraise at a variety of events with different groups of Dan's friends has given many of us an important focus during this very upsetting time. The events are always highly anticipated and very much enjoyed despite the poignant reason for coming together. Dan's friends and family have appreciated being able to reward organisations with grants that we feel truly reflect Dan's passions and philosophy of life. The process of keeping Dan's memory alive through this fund has been very healing for all involved and this is amplified by knowing the fundraising events we plan are helping others, not just those that knew him. We are all very excited for, and hard at work planning the next fundraising events."
Dan's father, John Hickey, explained the purpose of the memorial fund. "Through the Dan Hickey Fund we hope to support and develop young people through both sport and drama Dan's two big loves in life. Dan was a fun-loving, vibrant individual, but was also very compassionate and inclusive of people who perhaps hadn't had the same opportunities in life."
The Dan Hickey Fund has raised almost £40,000 so far, through a series of fundraising events arranged by Dan's friends and family including a charity rugby match last summer between his old university team at Leicester University and his own Bristol Saracens team, and a Christmas carolling pub crawl along on Bristol's Gloucester Road.
Two more fun and sociable fundraising events are already planned for this year:
Dazzle for Dan, Dinner and Dance (see poster HERE).
Donate for Dan Rugby Day
If you'd like to donate to the Dan Hickey Fund, or if you've been inspired to get involved with local giving, visit the Quartet Community Foundation website at www.quartetcf.org.uk.