HUDDERSFIELD Town has teamed up with a trust that cares for severely-disabled people – and will wear its logo with pride.
The link between the club and the Hollybank Trust was launched with an art exhibition at the Galpharm Stadium yesterday.
The event, featuring paintings and photos from users of the Mifield-based Trust, marked the trust’s new sponsorship deal with Town.
The Hollybank Trust, which provides support for children and adults with profound disabilities, runs The Hollybank School, Mirfield, and care homes across West and South Yorkshire, including at Mirfield and Holmfirth.
The exhibition celebrates the trust’s art workshops which encourage users with communication difficulties to express themselves through art.
Town’s new away strip will feature the trust’s gerbera flower logo and motto: Offering quality of life for life.
The club has also opened a display at the Galpharm’s family stand for artworks by the trust’s users.
The deal marks Town’s second partnership with a local charity this season. The club also sponsors Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Hollybank creative arts leader Stewart Geddes said: “It’s wonderful to have the support of the local football club and for Hollybank to be part of that community.”
Former Town striker and club ambassador Andy Booth said: “The players will be proud to wear the emblem. It’s a fantastic thing.
Jimmy Hall, 33, who lives at Hollybank’s Briarwood home, Mirfield, said: “I’m happy to be at Hollybank. I enjoy painting and I like watching Huddersfield Town.”
The Hollybank Trust, founded in 1952, opened its Vision Project last year offering activities from photography to horticulture.”
For details visit www.hollybanktrust.com or 01924 490 833.