Future Energy, the north east-based energy provider, has illustrated its commitment to grassroots sport by becoming a supporter of Darlington Harriers. As part of their support, the company presented the club with an impressive portable gazebo, which will act as a much-needed mobile changing area and runner check-in area, protecting the athletes during inclement weather.
The 126-year-old running club, based at Eastbourne Complex, has more than 400 members whose ages range from eight up to 82 years old. They have become the first Darlington organisation to benefit from Future Energy’s community programme, which has been designed to support local charities and organisations as well as grassroots sport.
The gift of the gazebo, presented to the club at a recent North Yorkshire South Durham League meeting by David Stroud, MD of Future Energy, was warmly received by all and will be invaluable for the runners, as Paul Cook, club development officer and membership secretary, said: “We’re grateful for the support of Future Energy. The gazebo will be very much appreciated by our members, especially our cross-country and track runners who can spend a lot of time waiting to start their races.”
Ian Morris, chairman of Darlington Harriers Running Club, echoed this gratitude: “As we are a member-run club, which has to raise its own funds, the support of businesses is very important to us. Without Future Energy’s Community Programme we would not have been able to purchase the gazebo and it will make a massive difference for our runners.”