Pitch Replacement Project - Pitch 18

City of Peterborough Hockey Club are delighted to announce that the "Pitch 18" campaign to raise at least £150,000 towards the cost of the new pitch surface replacement has been successful, thanks to the fantastic generosity and support of our members, both past and present, and their families and friends.

We have raised the money in a combination of gifts, loans (of £5k, either interest-bearing or interest-free), and business sponsorship/donations. Adam Drake, Graham Finding, Jane Wilson and Colin Lake have worked extremely hard as part of a small team  co-ordinating the contacts across our myriad of members, former members, parents and supporters. This fundraising started at the Presentation Night on 6 May 2017, where money raised from the raffle went in to kick start the fund with a total raised of £809 for the cause, and reached our target at the end of May 2018.

We will be reaching out now to everyone who has pledged and collecting in those monies, so that our finances are secure for the start of the project, and will be starting our fund-raising efforts which will run over the next 5 years to repay the loans which have been pledged. We are applying for some grant-matched funding which requires us to have monies in place, and which, if successful, will be a big boost to the repayment fund.

Donations can be made easily on-line using your debit card here Pitch 18 Appeal Site  with no need to register - and if you can see you way to adding the 25p to cover the administration fees that will also help the fund!

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact Jane Wilson on aj2wilson@btinternet.com for details.

We would like to encourage all UK tax payers to help us to reclaim Gift Aid by completing and returning a simple form. If everyone who is eligible does so, it will add over £3000 to our total! If you have not received a Gift Aid form, you can print one off here -   Gift Aid Declaration.  

After much discussion, the club has decided to move the start date of the project from July 2018 to April 2019, immediately after the Easter break. This will mitigate several risk factors around delays in the work and the necessary bedding-in period for the new surface, which would have impacted directly on all our teams, and also will remove extra cost needed to hire pitches for training in the pre-season period.  

Jane Wilson who is heading up the campaign group recently noted 

It's a hugely exciting project for all of us and all our members and supporters have embraced it; we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of members who have been away from the club for many years, and have received many kind comments from those with happy memories of their time at the club.

We'll continue to offer everyone as many ways as we can come up with to get involved; we will be needing a great team to help wtih the fund raising events over the next 5 years and have already received some great ideas from members keen to help.



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