Midfielder Jason Lowe has been named the PFA Community Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season.
The award is presented each year to a player at each Club to recognise their work in the local community. Throughout the season Jason has made a number of school visits as part of Foundation 92’s programmes to inspire and encourage the next generation of girls and boys.
Jason’s community work doesn’t stop there, and for the last four years he has been an ambassador at Derian House Children’s Hospice. This season Jason’s player sponsor was Derek, a supporter based in the USA. While he paid for Jason’s sponsorship, he donated the marketing benefits and Jason’s signed shirt to Derian House which the 30-year-old delivered to the children’s hospice in Chorley this week.
In addition, Derek has generously donated a further £1,000 to the Charity, which cares for more than 450 children and young people with life limiting conditions, helping them to make the most of every moment.
Commenting on the donation, and the work that Derian House does, Jason said:
“Obviously it’s a massive contribution that he’s given to the Charity and I’m sure they’ll use his donation wisely, the facility they’ve got is brilliant so it’ll be a massive help to them and I’m sure they’ll make every single penny count so from me to Derek, thank you from the bottom of my heart, it means a great deal.
“Derian House has been in my life for four years, I haven’t been here as much as I would have liked due to Covid but being back here today, seeing the staff, walking round and seeing the improvements that they’ve made to the place for families and the children, whatever they’re going through and whatever stages they’re at they’re trying to facilitate and make special memories for them, the work never stops.
“You can see today how much they’re trying to expand it and improve every aspect and it’s credit to them, they do an amazing job.”
David Robinson, CEO of Derian House who greeted Jason to show him some of the recent improvements at the hospice, added:
“It costs us £5.7 million every year to run services at Derian House and yet we receive only 17% of this from government and NHS funding. This means that for every pound we spend, we must raise 83p ourselves. That is why the generosity of supporters like Derek mean so much to our families.
“Jason has been an ambassador for about four years now, his involvement really helps to raise the profile of the hospice. It’s nice to see the passion he was for helping in the community and all of the young people and staff love to see him as well”
To find out more about Derian House and the work that they do, visit their website: https://www.derianhouse.co.uk/