Hook charity gets funding boost

Basingstoke Gazette: Cliff Ferguson and Jimmy Miller at a 1930s golf event for Glad's House in Hartley Wintney Buy this photo » Cliff Ferguson and Jimmy Miller at a 1930s golf event for Glad's House in Hartley Wintney

A HOOK-BASED charity that helps Kenyan street children has received a funding boost.

Glad’s House, run by Cliff Ferguson from his home in Driftway, has announced global services giant Ernst and Young (EY) as its corporate fundraiser.

The company has pledged to raise £60,000 by holding a football tournament for its staff in London on Friday, January 24.

The charity aims to improve the lives of street children in Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city. It hopes to send a team of young people to the Street Child World Cup in Rio De Janeiro, ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Mr Ferguson said: “EY are one of the biggest and most respected businesses in the world so to have their support is phenomenal.

“Our relationship is designed to be mutually beneficial as it will help EY extend their already admirable social responsibility credentials and also allow its staff to shine in a different environment outside the workplace.”

Kate Bamford, partner from EY, said: “This corporate fundraising partnership offers the perfect opportunity to give something back, and fundraising for Glad’s House is a very worthy cause.”

Mr Ferguson set up the charity in 2006 after his daughter Victoria met street children while on a gap year in Kenya.

The charity’s fundraising efforts include a regular 1930s golf day at Hartley Wintney Golf Club, where players use hickory clubs and wear plus-fours.

It also has the backing of figures from the world of sport, including Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama and former goalkeeper Dave Beasant.

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