Giving back

The Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards 2020

Proud to support the Darby Rimmer Foundation

Giving back

The Northwest

Football Awards

Proud to support the Darby Rimmer Foundation

and The Offside Trust

Delighted to be supporting

The Darby Rimmer Foundation

The Darby Rimmer Foundation

Former Liverpool, Rochdale and Bolton Wanderers footballer, Stephen Darby, together with his close friend and former British Forces veteran, Chris Rimmer, set up the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation after Stephen’s sudden retirement from football in September last year, on being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), aged just 29.

Stephen and Chris have created the Foundation to raise awareness of MND, fund and assist research into the illness with the quest of finding a cure, to raise funds and offer grants to those with MND, as well as creating a network to help provide information and emotional support for those diagnosed with the disease.

MND is a degenerative condition that affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord function. There is currently no cure.

Stephen, married to Manchester City Women and England captain Steph Houghton, said, “Chris and I are honoured that the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards has chosen the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation as its charity partner for this year’s event once again. I was lucky enough to play for three North West teams (Liverpool, Rochdale and Bolton Wanderers) in my career, and both Chris I reside in the North West. We look forward to raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease in order to assist and support others with the disease and in our quest to find a cure“.

More information about the Darby Rimmer Foundation at www.darbyrimmermnd.co.uk

The Offside Trust

The Offside Trust

The Offside Trust is the organisation founded and run by survivors of child sexual abuse in sport, who broke their silence five years ago, including former youth and professional players at North West clubs such as Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City. The Offside Trust is established as an independent body to work alongside clubs, organisations and other charitable bodies to further enhance safeguarding at all levels of sport.  It has worked with clubs across the region from Premier League to grassroots, such as Everton, Northwich Victoria, Chester and Curzon Ashton.

The aims of the Trust are:

  • To raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding across all sports at all levels
  • To provide survivors with advice guidance and resources to aid the healing journey
  • To campaign for legal and regulatory changes to improve safeguarding in sport.

The Trust is not a charity, which means that it can freely lobby politicians and campaign for legal changes around safeguarding. It is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests all funds raised into the delivery of its aims and objectives.

A big thank you to the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards for their continued support.

For more information: www.offsidetrust.com

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