Black-tie ball raises £9,000 for youth sports charity
14 Jul 2022

Black-tie ball raises £9,000 for youth sports charity

A black-tie dinner sponsored by Vistry Mercia raised £9,000 for a charity which aims to improve the lives of children through sport.

The Stafford-based housebuilder was the headline sponsor of the Brighter Futures Through Sport (BFTS) charity ball, held at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club in Cotgrave.

Vistry donated £3,150 towards the event, which included a casino, magician, auction, and photo booth as well as speeches from the charity’s founder Lee Canoville and chair Danielle Chulan.

Eight Vistry employees were also present at the annual fundraiser which was being held for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Founded in 2017 by former professional footballer and now coach Lee Canoville, BFTS uses sport as an engagement tool to aid personal and educational improvement in children aged six to 16 in the form of a mentorship programme delivered across schools in Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield and London.

Working with children over a 13-week period, BFTS mentors help children understand and manage their behaviours and emotions to help build confidence, increase self-awareness and better their relationships with others.

Lee said: “Since budgets were cut in schools, the demand for our work has continued to rise. We provide financial support for schools looking to participate in our programme and it’s donations that allow us to do this.

“Having this support from Vistry is invaluable. Not only did they make a generous donation but seeing the number of people who attended was also very touching.

“We are incredibly grateful to have the support from a company of this magnitude and we're proud to have had them as our Platinum Sponsor for this event. The donation will go a long way in enabling the charity to provide brighter futures for many children.”

Joanne Morrison, Manager Director for Vistry Mercia, said: “Brighter Futures Through Sport makes such an impact on children struggling at school, and we are so happy to be able to help them continue making a difference in these young people’s lives.

“As the headline sponsor of the charity ball, it was a real pleasure to attend the event and have the opportunity to meet the team behind this fantastic work.”

Vistry Mercia is part of the Vistry Group which builds homes in multiple locations across the UK under its Bovis Homes and Linden Homes brands.

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• BFTS founder Lee Canoville (far left) with Vistry Mercia employees, Lynton Dudgeon (sales and marketing director), Joanne Morrison (managing director) and Danielle Chulan (Chair of the charity) on the far right, at the charity’s annual ball

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