Big Hearts Appoints New General Manager

Big Hearts Community Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Caryn Kerr as its new general manager.

An experienced charity sector leader and fundraising specialist with a strong communications background, Caryn is currently Head of National Partnerships at The Prince’s Trust Scotland.

In this role she has been responsible for securing £1.5m of funding from a range of national and regional public sector sources including the Scottish Government, Big Lottery fund, Skills Development Scotland, Sportscotland and Creative Scotland.

Caryn will take up post at Tynecastle on 24th May 2015.

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Join Big Hearts on The Kiltwalk 2015!

Big Hearts Community Trust has got together with Scotland’s favourite sponsored walk event to raise funds for Scotland’s children’s charities.

The charitable arm of Hearts Football Club is hoping to enter a team of 200 or more to take part in this year’s Edinburgh Kiltwalk to raise funds for its own initiatives for children and young people.

Big Hearts chairman Jim Panton said:

“Having the opportunity to see Big Hearts represented at the Kiltwalk is fantastic. As we have seen in recent times Hearts fans always raise the bar when it comes to representing the club and I am certain this will be no different.

“Given the changes taking place at Big Hearts, the funds raised will be of great importance as we support families within our community.”

Leaving Murrayfield Stadium on Sunday 3rd May, The Kiltwalk is expecting thousands of people to turn out in their kilts to take part in the Full or Half Walks.

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Why Big Hearts Will be Supporting Kinship Care Families

We will always use the power of the club’s crest to support families who really, really need our help. The first area of support we are focussed on is to Kinship Care Families.


What is Kinship Care?

If a looked after child cannot remain with their birth parents they can be placed by a local authority in the care of family or friends, for either a short or long period of time. This is what is commonly known as Kinship care.

Why Kinship Care?

Children in kinship care typically experience multiple disadvantages and are likely to have experienced some form of abuse or neglect. Yet despite unique challenges, research demonstrates positive outcomes for children in kinship care.

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£20 a Goal for Big Hearts!

Big Hearts is delighted to announce a unique fundraising drive by a special fans group that will see supporters cheer even louder for every goal that the Jambos score this season!

The ‘Sinky for Hearts’ group, will be donating £20 for every goal Hearts score in the Scottish Championship this season, to the official Heart of Midlothian charity.

This fantastic gesture means that up to now the total to be donated stands at £940 with less than half the season played with 47 goals scored so far in a hugely impressive campaign for Robbie Neilson’s side.

Big Hearts is now close to finalising a significant new community strategy, supported fully by club majority shareholder Ann Budge who has also joined the charity’s board of trustees.

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Update From Big Hearts - The Future

Big Hearts chairman Jim Panton has today written this open letter to supporters as the charity prepares for significant changes early in 2015, following on from last night’s biggest ever fundraiser held at Tynecastle.

Dear Supporters,

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank supporters after last night’s Big Hearts Big Reunion. We were joined by 360 guests for a night of reminiscence about what we believe makes our club very special. It was a fantastic occasion, and it was terrific to meet so many of you.

It is heartening to be able to tell you that we raised in excess of £13,000 for Big Hearts, our club’s charity.

On behalf of the board of trustees I thank you for your generosity in the night, as we move towards a significant moment in Big Hearts’ history.

Now eight years’ old, Big Hearts has led the way in community strategy at football clubs in Scotland. Indeed half a dozen or so clubs have models which reflect Big Hearts’ approach.

Now is the time for change, and a change we can all be a part of.

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