Kit boost for Northern Thunder thanks to Bond Dickinson

Northern Thunder Powerchair Football Club has received a huge boost ahead of next season thanks to Newcastle law firm Bond Dickinson.

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The Hedleys Sport outfit were delighted to receive a donation of £1200 from the Quayside-based firm, which will be used to buy new kit for next season.

Northern Thunder play their final games of the season this weekend when they hope to reclaim the Muscular Dystrophy National League title. They sit five points clear at the top of the table with four games to play.

It’s been another successful season for the team, who will have two representatives playing for England at the Powerchair World Cup in Florida in July.

Sam Smith and Edward Common are top scorers for Thunder this season and hope they can make it a league and cup double.

Asmah Baig, Community Relations Programme Manager at Bond Dickinson, presented a cheque to the team along with Hedleys Employability Manager Christine Shanks-Brownlee at their training session on Monday evening.

Staff at Bond Dickinson, who employ over 500 people in the North East, raise money throughout the year doing various activities and have already supported The Percy Hedley Foundation with donations to Hedleys College and Hedleys Employability.

Furthermore, the firm has also supported work placements and supported students doing a Toolkit for employers, which involves looking at documents, such job specifications and adverts to make them easy to read.

Michelle Strong, Head of Community and Enterprise at The Percy Hedley Foundation said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous donation from Bond Dickinson.

“Their support is greatly appreciated and will enable us to buy new kit for our very successful Northern Thunder team. Our thanks go to Asmah and all the staff at Bond Dickinson for this amazing support.”

Northern Thunder is part of the Foundation’s Sports Academy, based at Percy Hedley School in Killingworth.

For more information visit: http://www.percyhedley.org.uk/adult-services/hedleys-sports-academy/