Forward- thinking West Hamilton AFC are showing support for two excellent charities by displaying each of them on a shirt sleeve – and a commercial business sponsor on the front, writes Tom Scott.
The South Lanarkshire club have not only supported player Kevin Bryers, who was diagnosed with cancer, by offering him a way back into football, but are proudly promoting both the Beatson Cancer Charity and Chris’s House, which to be honest I and many other people had never heard of until now.
Speaking on behalf of West Hamilton AFC, Gerry Lennon revealed: “We decided to promote two charities this season. The decision was made to support the Beatson due to Kevin’s personal connection, and Chris’s House a local Lanarkshire Charity for help, response and intervention surrounding suicide.”
“That is another issue which, as a club, we feel strongly about (a number of players/members have had their issues with depression and poor mental health). We are a club with a social conscience and felt it important to promote charities with our new kit this season.”
“Chris’s House counter thoughts of depression, negativity and despair by exchanging reasons for dying with reasons for living. They offer someone who can listen.”
“Regarding the involvement of our strip sponsor, LOCHLIE CONSTRUCTION SHOP, and APPIN SPORTS, who made and supplied them, we made approaches and they kindly accepted and were happy to endorse the fact we also had Charity sponsorship.”
Graphic / Photograph of the two strips showing the Charities displayed on each sleeve, and sponsor Lochlie Construction Shop was kindly provided by Mr Gerry Lennon.