The Nick Smith Foundation: February's Charity of the Month
Press Release from The Nick Smith Foundation
The Nick Smith Foundation is proud to be Harveys of Halifax charity of the month for February 2019.
You will be able to see more about the charity in store throughout the month with collection boxes at all till points for donations and a Valentine’s raffle giving customers the chance to buy a ticket, support the charity and be in the draw to win.
Raffle tickets will be sold in store on Saturday, 9 February with the draw taking place at the end of the day.
About the charity
The Nick Smith Foundation was founded following the death of Nick Smith, an amazing man from Halifax who was struck down by the cruellest of diseases – Motor Neurone Disease.
Diagnosed in September 2017 at the age of just 37, Nick – husband and father to two young children Hadyn (5) and Georgia (2) – died just 101 days after being diagnosed on 20 December 2017, two weeks after his 38th birthday.
A legend of amateur rugby league, Nick played with Siddal ARLFC from the age of eight making 400 appearances for the team. He played professionally when younger with both Leeds Rhinos Academy and Sheffield Eagles before embarking on a career as an accountant.
After his diagnosis, family, friends and colleagues came together to raise money to support him and his family with amazing generosity and support. This Foundation has been set up to ensure Nick had an enduring legacy.
Our aims and objectives
We have three aims:
- to support research into the disease that took Nick from us – Motor Neurone Disease, and look at how we can improve the help available for those diagnosed and their families.
- to support children who have had to face the death of a parent at a young age – as Nick and his sister faced aged 6 and 4, and now Nick’s children have to face aged 6 and 3.
- to support amateur rugby league which played such a significant part in Nick’s life from childhood to adulthood.
Stephen Naylor, Chair of Trustees of the charity – and Nick’s brother-in-law, said:
“We’re hugely grateful for the support of Harveys. The store is such a huge part of the community in Halifax – the town where Nick was born, grew up and lived for all his life.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of people since Nick’s diagnosis and death and look forward to being able to say thank you, and ask for continued support, during the
month in store.”
More information about the charity can be found at www.nicksmithfoundation.org.uk