The Anthony Knights Foundation Trust offer gifts and help to carers and families managing disabilities throughout their everyday life. These gifts are those of aids which can help those with managing a disability, which in some cases allows them to maintain a certain level of independence and respite services and facilities from carers to holidays and support for social activities. It is also our aim to know more about these carers and what we can provide to support them in their role. This support is also offered to those who may be restricted from having a good or happy life.
Our dream was to provide a luxury Lodge where families could go for a break away, knowing that it would be fully accessible with adaptations throughout, and that they wouldn’t have to worry about all of the stressful things that normally prevent these families from having breaks. This dream has come true! In September 2019 we launch our new Lodge, and start making memories for these special families in our community that really do need a break.
Our supporters – staff, trustees, patrons, donators and volunteers are passionate about making differences in lives and are keen to understand more on how we can help others who need our support and identify resources who can also help with everyday living for these people.
The Foundation has many ties with Southampton and their CEO is ex Saint Nicky Banger.
Nicky has great energy and drive to hit goals. This comes from his former professional football career, playing at the highest level Premiership in England and Scotland, scanning a professional career lasting over 12 years starting at Southampton Football Club alongside players including Matt Le Tissier, Rodney Wallace and Alan Shearer.
Following this, he has 14 years experience as a commercial manager at four clubs of conference and football league level and as a reflection of this, generated over 4 million pounds of revenue in that time.
He is a UEFA B qualified coach/FA Level 3. To achieve this certification means the coach is not only concentrating with what the player on the ball is doing, but also the players around the ball, and players away from the ball.
As CEO this definitely reflects Nicky’s personality and direction for The Knights Foundation. His role involves directing and being kept up to date with his teams activities so they can achieve the goals needed. He also maintains and builds new relationships with individuals and businesses, supporting The Knights Foundation who have the same passion for helping children with disabilities and their families.
Nicky’s drive and determination predominantly comes from his own personal experiences. Being husband to loving wife Steph, devoted father to daughter Sophia, who has Cerebral Palsy and his son Harvey.
Sophia was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy over 10 years ago and it changed his focus on what he wanted to do, and really from that point going forwards his aim was not to only help his family but help others. Nicky spends a lot of personal time helping families with children with disabilities and from this has raised in excess of £500,000.
As a parent he relates to the day to day struggles of having a child with a disability, and the effect it can have on families. Nicky understands the needs for parents to juggle their lives, working to earn money to pay for physio costs and equipment needed and finding time for other siblings. Sometimes adaptions to homes are needed which accommodates independent living or further support to the parents/carers.
All throughout his commercial career he has taken immense pleasure in helping families with disabilities so he had no hesitation in accepting the invitation from Tony Knights to become the CEO of The Knights Foundation. Nicky is well connected with others who also want to make a difference to those living with a disability and is fortunate to be able to share his hopes and vision of The Knights Foundation with these friends and acquaintances.
Thanks to these and further supporters and donators of the Knights Foundation that we are able to make a difference to peoples lives. Seeing the smiles on faces of those living with a disability, parents/carers and siblings, makes us feel great! All of the hard work and time we at The Knights Foundation, Supporters, Patrons and Volunteers put in is greatly appreciated and so worthwhile.
Nicky’s focus for The Knights Foundation is to be about inclusion , bridging the gap between abled and disabled people and with this focus will come fun activities for us all to be a part of.
Among the many fundraising events the foundation organise this one should be of great interest to Saints fans and includes some great names.
This fantastic event is being help at St Marys Stadium on Friday 22nd May 2020 & tickets are available by emailing Nicky firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope this small feature has given you an insight into the amazing work the Knights Foundation do, you can visit their site for a more in-depth look at all that they do www.theknightsfoundation.org