Variety, the Children’s Charity, is proud to announce Manchester City and England footballer Jill Scott as its newest ambassador.
In her role as Variety Ambassador, Jill will be supporting the charity’s campaigns, attending events and presentations and helping to raise significant awareness of Variety as the charity looks towards its next 70 years.
Jill Scott is an influential English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England national team, she is one of just 11 Lionesses centurions. Jill will join the England Women squad this weekend as they face Brazil Women for a friendly match Saturday, 5th October at the Riverside Stadium.
Jill invited young people from Meade Hill School and Greenbank Sports Academy down to the Academy Stadium where they were greeted by Jill with a private stadium tour and Q & A session with the sports star.
Both Meade Hill & Greenbank have benefited greatly from Variety’s work. Meade Hill School provides education for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Variety funded a 14-seat Sunshine Coach which makes it possible for children to get out and about so that they can learn practical life skills and enjoy trips out to places they otherwise couldn’t get to.
Greenbank Sports Academy, Liverpool, provides educational and sports services for disabled children and young people, providing disability sports events, club and coach education. Variety funded 5 sports wheelchairs, to enable more young people to be able to play wheelchair Power Hockey and Power Football.
Jill Scott said:
“I am delighted to become an Ambassador for Variety, the Children’s Charity. The work that they do for disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK is invaluable. I’m keen to bring my sporting background to the role and help provide all children with access to sports no matter their background.”
Harold Tillman CBE, Chief Barker and Chair of the Board of Variety, added:
“We are excited to announce that Jill Scott is becoming an Ambassador for Variety. Throughout the charity’s 70 years the charity has helped almost one million children and their families. With Jill’s support, we hope to be able to reach even more children and make the next 70 years even more successful.”
About Variety, the Children’s Charity
Variety believes that neither disability nor disadvantage should prevent any child or young person from realising their full potential. This year, Variety will celebrate its 70th anniversary in the UK, having been founded in October 1949. In this time, the charity has supported over one million disabled and disadvantaged children.
When statutory funding cannot adequately meet a child’s needs, Variety steps in. To ensure that it can respond specifically to the needs of each individual child, Variety provides support in the following four ways:
- Through the provision of specially adapted, accessible transport in the form of their famous Sunshine Coaches, making it possible for children and young people to get out and about so that they can learn practical life skills and enjoy trips out to places they otherwise couldn’t get to
- Through the provision of customised wheelchair grant, helping to increase mobility and improve independence
- Through the provision of specialist equipment grants which support a child’s development or ability to self-care.
- Through memorable experiences in the form of Variety Great Days Out programme which provide educational and fun day trips
Variety launched in the United States in 1928 and now operates in 13 countries across the world (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Jersey, Republic of Ireland, France, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean), helping children at the local community level.
Amongst its beneficiaries, Variety is proud to have supported 55 professional athletes, 17 of whom were chosen as part of Team GB for the 2012 London Paralympics. These included Gold Medal winners and MBE honourees Ollie Hynd and Johnnie Peacock.
Variety is a registered charity in England and Wales (209259) and Scotland (SC038505)
For more information or to donate to Variety, please visit www.variety.org.uk
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