Putting something back

Earlier this month we were delighted to be able to make our first donation from the sales of our Sporting Stories and Potters 'Arf books to the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation. The Foundation supports the training of coaches across a wide range of sports, and we are pleased to report that Jean Gough, partron of the charity and daughter of Sir Stan, has chosen to use our donation to support the training of coaches in rebound therapy.

It was a real privilege to be invited by Jean to join her and a range of local dignatories to see rebound therapy in action at Kemball School in Stoke-on-Trent.  Two specialist coaches went through a range of physiotherapy techniques with some profoundly disabled chiildren at the special needs school - with the key to the technique being the use of a trampoline to allow the children to exercise muscles in a very supported way. And they clearly loved it! It was fantastic to see the kids having fun and getting so much enjoyment from exercises outside their wheelchairs.

Peter Hooper handing over the cheque to Jean Gough, with (left to right): Stoke-on-Trent's Lord Mayor Anthony Munday; Lisa Hughes, headteacher at Kemball School; and Lady Mayoress Paula Munday

Peter Hooper handing over the cheque to Jean Gough, with (left to right): Stoke-on-Trent's Lord Mayor Anthony Munday; Lisa Hughes, headteacher at Kemball School; and Lady Mayoress Paula Munday

As a social enterprise, we're keen to put something back into sport and other good causes, so a proportion of the sales of each of our books go to an appropriate charity. The Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation is the beneficiary of our Sporting Stories Stoke-on-Trent 2016 book. Along with two local charities, the Dougie Mac and the Donna Louise Trust, it also benefits from sales of our Potters 'Arf 2016 book.