In 2020 the JD Foundation committed its support to seventeen charity partners across the UK. The selection of charity partners the Foundation support outlines the commitment to helping youth communities within the UK.
A rise in social mobility issues, an increase in population and annual government spending cuts has led to many individuals and community groups setting up charities and social enterprises to bridge the gap and help support disadvantage communities around the UK. Whether that be tackling youth homelessness or unemployment, providing support for families dealing with terminal illness or bereavement, and even voluntary organisations leading life-saving rescues in remote locations – the JD Foundation want to be there to support them.
Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide
Cardiac Risk in the Young - the Aaron James Dixon Memorial Fund
Manchester Youth Zone
Hide Out Youth Zone
Sacriston Youth Project
Bolton Wanderers Community Trust
Sport 4 Life
Once Upon a Smile
Buddies of the Birches
Mountain Rescue England & Wales
Scottish Mountain Rescue
The JD Foundation are very excited to introduce City Hearts as one of our new charity partners for 2020. The relationship between City Hearts and the JD Foundation gives a unique opportunity for JD Sports Plc. to work with the charity on their Bright Future Employment programme which assists survivors of Modern Slavery to rebuild their lives through support and employment. JD Sports will be working with the Bright Future Programme, providing employment placements within the business organisation, leading to the opportunity of permanent employment. The JD Foundation will support the charity itself with funding to support these and other individuals on their journey to rebuild their lives.
5th April - Manchester Marathon
Fundraising in the name of the JD Foundation, 34 JD head office employees will be running the Manchester Marathon; one of the UK’s premier running events, famous for its fast, flat and friendly route. An ideal event to get a personal best time if you’re running the whole 26.2 miles alone or competing against your team mates as part of a 2-man or 4-man relay - the incredible Mancunian support throughout the course is unforgettable! If you’d like to support the JD running squad and make a donation you can find more details here.
16th May – Celebrity Football Match
In conjunction with Once Upon a Smile, City Football Academy will host 2 teams of famous faces going head to head in the name of charity, all money raised will be split between the JD Foundation and Once Upon A Smile. *Announcements on tickets and celebrities coming soon.
19th Sept – Snowdon Trek
Our Mountain Leaders for the day are Mountain Rescue England & Wales, one of the Foundation’s environmental charity partners. Their team of volunteers and Sarda (Search and Rescue Dogs Association) search dogs will be walking in partnership with the JD Foundation and an army of their charity partners and JD employees. A selection of young people who the charities support will also be invited to challenge themselves and all will be supported in choosing from 1 of 6 routes varying in difficulty across the highest mountain in Wales. There will also be fundraising along the way by JD Sports employees, watch this space for more information.
The JD Foundation Ball – October 2019
October 2019 saw the 4th anniversary of the JD Foundation and we celebrated in style by hosting our 3rd fundraising ball
An incredible £125,000 was raised on the evening for The JD Foundation. We are excited to announce that this will allow us to fund a new grant scheme which we plan to launch in the second part of 2020. The grant scheme will focus on homelessness and mental health charities which affect so many people’s lives nationally and allow greater access for smaller, lesser known charities, who work tirelessly in local communities, to much needed funding.
The ball was held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, hosting a drinks reception and a gala dinner. Our special guests included performances from Suggs, the cast of the West End musical, We Will Rock You and Alex Birtwell and his band. A surprise performance from Luci Ormrod, JD’s own label Menswear designer, surprised colleagues and guests alike with a fantastic version of “Climb” by Miley Cyrus, to showcase our charity weekend held in the Summer with young people from 15 of our charities.
John Mcavoy, (Iron Bars to Iron Man) talked about his early life, how sport changed his life and how the JD Foundation can and does Change Lives. John was interviewed by TV celebrity, Radzi Chinyanganya.
We would like to thank all the suppliers of the JD Group for their support on the evening and in raising so much money for the JD foundation.