Big Hearts' Chairman Jim Panton shares his views following the Big Hearts' AGM which took place last week. Jim reflects on the last 12 months, what is next and the close links between the charity, the Football Club and The Foundation of Hearts.
Big Hearts is delighted to give everyone the chance to see our Annual Report Brochure. It reveals what we have achieved in 2015 and what we have planned as we head into 2016. It also features Chairman Jim Panton's update and small bios for all our Trustees and Staff.
On Friday December 4th, Big Hearts Community Trust hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and it was revealed that the charity is in a very strong position heading into 2016 after receiving a significant donation, post year end, which will allow it to accelerate its efforts around supporting families.
For the first time, Big Hearts AGM was open to Hearts’ supporters as well as a wide range of guests including Scottish Government representatives, charity partners, Kinship Carers and Big Hearts’ volunteers.
Chairman Jim Panton revealed that Big Hearts benefited from the significant donation as part of the Save the Children deal which Heart of Midlothian agreed in summer 2015. This income significantly boosted the charity and has helped Big Hearts bring its new ‘family focused’ strategy to life. The initial area of focus as part of this strategy is to provide support to Kinship Care families.
For year ending March 2015 (which does not include the significant donation) the charity reported income of £97,175, largely due to donations and activity revenue. The total reserves stood at £50,472. The role of supporters was crucial with £14,000 raised at the Big Hearts Big Reunion, which provided a significant platform for the charity to build its new strategy.
Big Hearts’ AGM takes place on Friday December the 4th between 12:30pm and 2pm in the Gorgie Suite at Tynecastle. This year, for the first time since the charity’s launch in 2006, Big Hearts are inviting Hearts’ fans to attend.
As well as formal AGM proceedings, there will be the opportunity to hear from Big Hearts’ Chairman, Jim Panton and General Manager, Caryn Kerr on key developments and future plans. The AGM will conclude with a Q&A session.
A buffet lunch will be provided from 12.30, before official proceedings begin, and guests will have the opportunity to meet Big Hearts' trustees, staff, volunteers, partners and a range of other key stakeholders.
Fans wishing to attend should contact Big Hearts via email on email@example.com and do so at the earliest opportunity to secure a place. Successful fans will then be issued with an official AGM invite.