An update from the Foundation of Hearts for the month of July.
Help us spread the FoH message
We have been working on a new initiative called ‘Pledge Pals’ which will reward existing pledgers for introducing members to our ranks. The scheme will be launched soon after the start of the season and will reward pledgers who introduce new members, with the chance to win a range of Hearts-related prizes. The more new members you introduce, the greater your chance of winning.
Now is the time to get out there and start helping us to spread the FoH message! Watch out for further details coming very soon.
Pledge numbers continued to increase in June hitting 8,083 which is the highest level since we introduced our Fan Reward scheme in June 2015. We attribute the increase in part to the impact of the Thanking the Fans Days held on the last day of the season which saw FoH representatives posted around Tynecastle before kickoff. We plan to have a similar presence on match days during the coming season.
Following the result of the Stadium Funding vote last month, we made our first contributions toward funding of the new main stand at Tynecastle; another huge milestone in our journey.
As mentioned last month, a number of you have now reached the 1,000 points required to qualify for an invitation to a Foundation of Hearts plot ceremony. We now have dates confirmed for the next two ceremonies as Sunday 21st August and Sunday 11th September (TV schedules permitting).
As a reminder, members will be invited in the order in which they achieve the required level of points. If you fail to respond to two invites, we will assume you do not wish to attend.
As ever, we are very grateful for your patience on this front. It’s a tribute to the many supporters who have signed up to the Foundation that we have a long list of people to receive invitations. We will get through the list and we look forward to welcoming new plotholders to the ceremonies over the coming months.
We’ve had FoH strips, badges and T-shirts but July saw a real first when pledger Dougie Mackie asked a company in Australia to create his very own FoH bowls (pictured below).
Dougie said “I saw you could design your own emblem so sent them the FoH badge. I had a shot of them last night…played great with them, possibly because I’m in the honeymoon period!”
Long may his winning streak continue! We think they are a work of art!
Big Hearts Supporter Blog
In previous blogs we have highlighted the Big Hearts Supporter initiative through which more than 700 Hearts fans have signed up to volunteer in the Edinburgh community. The first of these supporters have already made a huge difference and you can follow the experience of volunteer Harry Bell in the Big Hearts blog here. If his story inspires you, visit the Big Hearts website for details of how to be part of it.
If you have any questions or comments on this month’s blog please feel free to leave them below or direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the Stadium Funding proposal should be addressed to email@example.com