Manx Independent assist Tommy Clucas Memorial Hall Project
3rd September, 2013
Manx Independent Carriers are pleased to be associated with the recently opened Tommy Clucas memorial Hall at Peel. We transported a significant amount of sports equipment, free of charge, to assist this very worthwhile project. Below is an excerpt from the press release:
"The Tommy Clucas Community Sports Hall was officially opened by Tom’s Mum and members of his family on Sunday 1st September 2013, nine years to the day since he tragically lost his life in the Manx Grand Prix. The Sports Hall, with a 40m x 25m 40mm 3G Astroturf surface, was built at Peel Football Club with monies raised by The Tommy Clucas Memorial Fund, an Isle of Man registered charity created in 2005 by friends and family of Tom, a former player of Peel AFC.
Chairman of the Charity, Kelvin Dawson, said “After Tom lost his life in the 2004 Junior MGP, a huge loss was felt in Peel. We all knew that something had to be done to remember him, but obviously emotions were high. The idea of the Sports Hall was raised, so we set about forming a Charity in Tom’s name with the object of ‘helping to promote sport and recreation in the community’.”
The monies raised of over £400,000 included a grant from the Football Foundation of just under £100,000, £45,000 from the Manx Lottery Trust, £60,000 from the Lord Cockfield Memorial Trust, £60,000 from a Peel based charitable trust, £20,000 from The Gough Ritchie Charitable Trust and £15,000 from a private Peel based donor. The Charity also organised various fundraising efforts, focussing on community events including the extremely popular Peelstock music festival. Further donations of monies, time, equipment and services from local companies, groups and individuals were also significantly instrumental in the success of the project."