Congratulations Jacob Cliffe on a thoroughly deserved award and a truly inspiring effort! Jacob’s Story: Over the past 12 months, Jacob has not only demonstrated a fantastic commitment to helping others, but has had to deal with exceptionally difficult personal circumstances. His resolve and continued positive outlook on life has been incredible to witness. Jacob joined Crewe FC 3 years ago as part of one of our Junior Football teams. He has always been a very happy and sociable boy and is very well liked by his coaches and teammates. He is a very keen footballer, and along with being one of the top trainers in his team, he is regularly seen assisting his coaches at the end of sessions, collecting equipment & taking it back to the store room. Jacob’s time with the club however has been coupled with the continued poor health of his Mum, Emma. Emma had been a long term sufferer of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), an incurable & terminal liver disease, and unfortunately lost her battle with PSC in June this year. As a Community Club with over 400 members, Crewe FC are heavily and actively involved in our local and wider community, engaging with a wide range of charities and community initiatives & events. Jacob is consistently one of the first to volunteer his support. In the last 12 months alone, the Club has supported several community events, including VolFest, Armed Forces Day, and the SuperHeroes Picnic and we’ve also held our Annual Colour Run raising over £4,000 for St. Luke’s Hospice to name just a few. Jacob has been a constant throughout, volunteering his time to support each and every event. However, it was his efforts in September this year that have left everyone at the Club inspired & proud. Having lost his Mum in June, Jacob had been determined and committed to give something back to PSC Support UK, who provided both Emma, Jacob and their family with a great deal of help and comfort during a very difficult time. Jacob decided to take on Tough Mudder’s ‘Mini Mudder’ in memory of his Mum, aiming to raise some much needed funds for his chosen charity, setting himself an ambitious target of raising £1,000. He recruited close to 40 of his team-mates to take part in the event, in memory of his Mum, and completed the exceptionally muddy and wet obstacle course as a team. He ensured the entire group stayed together, helped each other through the obstacles and collectively completed the course. He epitomised team spirit and togetherness. Jacob and his team-mates raised an incredible £2,000 in sponsorship for PSC Support. The Club were so inspired and impressed with Jacob’s efforts, his determined attitude and positive outlook, particularly given the tragic circumstances he has suffered, that we all felt he was a deserving nominee of the Everybody Leisure Awards. We can’t think of anyone more deserving of the Junior Helper of the Year Award. Congratulations Jacob from everyone at Crewe FC. #TogetherStronger #EBJuniorAwards


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