New Tupton football team thanks business owner who provided ‘free day out’ for grieving young player

A New Tupton youth football team has given its thanks to a business owner who donated money to provide a ‘free day out’ for a young player whose dad recently passed away.

Monday, 23rd August 2021, 1:59 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd August 2021, 2:00 pm
John Hayes, pictured right, has been praised by New Tupton Ivanhoe FC for his recent act of kindness towards one of their young players

New Tupton Ivanhoe FC praised John Hayes for his recent act of kindness to help a player on its Under 11 side who, along with his sister, is now living with his grandma.

John, who owns and runs J H Autos in New Tupton, contacted the youth team following a Facebook post by club secretary Dave Hoult and asked him if he knew of a family that would benefit from a free day out.

He has since donated £200 to the young player and his family so they can “create some memories”.

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Dave said: “This local lad and legend John Hayes contacted me to see if I knew of a family that would benefit from a “free” day out.

“John owns and runs J H Autos at 11 Ward Street doing servicing and repairs to all makes and models of vehicles.

“I explained to John that a young lad on our Under 11 side sadly lost his dad (day before Father’s Day) and him and his sister are now living with their grandma .

“Today he has given me £200 so they can enjoy a day out and create some memories with their grandma.

“In this strange world we live in, acts of kindness like this can make such a difference to a child’s life…. if only for that day but will stay for them forever.

“We are blessed in the Tupton Community to have people like John who genuinely care and are willing to put others first.

“On behalf of New Tupton Ivanhoe FC and myself I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making a special day for two children and their grandma who have been through so much.”

Others rushed to praise John on Facebook, to which he replied: “Thank you all for the very kind words if there's one thing I've learnt is its to be kind!

"Hopefully made this family at least have a little bit of something to look forward to and enjoy a day out I really do wish this family all the best and thank you dave for helping make this happen!”

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