Swindon-based mortgage expert Chris Blackwell has donated new kit to the Wroughton Youth Football Club’s Under 8s Wolves team.
It is the team Chris himself was a member of during his childhood.
Now aged 28, he was brought up in Wroughton, went to school locally and became a member of the Wroughton Youth Football Club from the age of five.
Today he is a successful businessman, co-director of TED Mortgages and has his own family.
Chris said: “Football was very important to me when I was a child so it was very natural to get in touch and support a club which helps youngsters in the way it helped me.
"I stayed playing with the club until I was a teenager when I moved into playing rugby.”
Chris revealed he would never forget the support the team offered when his father, David, passed away suddenly when Chris was just eight.
He said: “Losing my dad at a young age was devastating for me, my brother John and for my mum Diane. Playing for the club with all of my close friends and having the focus of football helped me through at the time.”
Wroughton Youth Football Club has a prestigious history which goes back more than a century. Today the club has 18 teams which compete in local leagues from under-sevens to the under-17s.
Will Lambourne, coach of the Under 8s Wolves team, said: “It’s wonderful to receive support from a local business which cares and I cannot thank them enough. It’s a great help to us and helps to reduce the financial burden on parents who send their children to the club.”
Chris added: “It means a lot to me to be in a position to give back to an organisation which gave so much to me.”
His firm, TED Mortgages is a specialist, independent, fee-free, certified mortgage brokers that will work with customers with a ‘whole of market’ approach tailored to each person’s circumstances.
Its website is https://www.tedmortgages.co.uk