An update from the FoH in a month which saw the start of the 2016/17 campaign and another important milestone reached in the Tynecastle Redevelopment project.
Tynecastle Redevelopment Update
Another milestone was reached in the Tynecastle Redevelopment this month with the club formally submitting their planning application to the City of Edinburgh Council. This follows on from the public consultation that has been carried out in recent months. The Club is still hoping to achieve its target date of end of October, 2016 for achieving full planning approval. Additionally, work is now well under way to create the new temporary facilities under the Wheatfield stand, which are on schedule to be available by the end of October.
In line with our members’ decision to assist with the funding of the stadium redevelopment, we are delighted to report that we have already remitted £500k to the club towards the project costs. While the modification to the original FoH/Bidco agreement is being put together these funds are ring-fenced in a separate club account and will only be utilised when the revision to the FOH/Bidco agreement is finalised. This will be well before the club actually needs to access the funds.
FoH Young Ambassador
In previous blogs we have highlighted the story of the Morrison family and the commitment of young Daniel Morrison to the FoH cause. Having met Daniel on several occasions over the last few months the Board were moved by his unstinting love for all things HMFC. In August we were delighted to announce that Daniel has accepted our invitation to become our first ever FoH Young Ambassador.
Daniel made headlines last year when he donated an incredible £900 to the Foundation after earning pocket-money carrying out household chores, and his fund-raising efforts have continued unabated. Daniel’s pledges have also been matched by his dad Alan. Their selfless fund-raising drive epitomises the collective spirit demonstrated by all the supporters who helped save our club in its time of need and we’re immensely proud to be able to call him one of our own.
The 14-year-old was an outstanding candidate to be our first Young Ambassador but the Foundation are keen to recognise other young fans and more ambassadorial roles will be made available in the coming months.
A thrilled Daniel said: “It’s a great achievement and it allows me to help promote the Foundation of Hearts and help the club. Hearts are the love of my life, really.
“It’s definitely a honour. I was stunned when (FoH chairman) Brian Cormack asked me to do it, but I was obviously very happy about it. It’s an amazing feeling.
“It’s great being more involved with the club. From fund-raising and being at a plot ceremony, I’ve got to know Jack Hamilton and he gave me a pair of his gloves.”
Dad Alan added: “I’m very proud. I got the e-mail from Brian and I let his mother see it, and she was over the moon about the offer.
“I’ve brought Daniel up as a Hearts fan and you do what you have to do for the club.”
Foundation of Hearts chairman Brian Cormack commented: “We are thrilled Daniel has taken up the invitation to become the first Foundation of Hearts Young Ambassador.
“The unstinting support offered by both Daniel and Alan reinforces why we have such an exceptional and unique fan base.
“Although Daniel has attracted media interest with his staggering fund-raising efforts, everyone at the Foundation and the club appreciates every single donation and pledge made by you, regardless of its size.
“There will also be more opportunities for our young fans to become Ambassadors in the future.”
We hope that Daniel is the first of many FoH Young Ambassadors. We never cease to be amazed by the passion and enthusiasm of our young supporters and know that there are many out there just like Daniel carrying the FoH cause. If you are interested in joining Daniel to become an FoH Young Ambassador or want to nominate someone, please do get in touch and share your story.
FoH Young Ambassador Daniel Morrison
pictured here with his Dad Alan
and FoH Chairman Brian Cormack
Match day stall
After a short summer break Football is back at Tynecastle. We will be resuming our match day drop in stand in the reception at McLeod Street. All fans and pledgers are welcome to drop in and ask anything of the Board. We are at your disposal from 1.30 right up until kick off.
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