N-ice funding keeps Harry’s dream alive

Young ice skater Harry Walford
Young ice skater Harry Walford
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He’s the young skating champ who impressed the judges of our Swallowdale Community Giveaway... and now he’s secured another wave of funding.

Harry Walford, of Thornton, was given a cheque for £100 through our massive community giveaway in May, and has now been given a further £500 from the Rob George Foundation to help fund his skating and assist him in bid to realise his dream of becoming an Olympic skating star.

The foundation offers financial support to young people who demonstrate an exceptional commitment or ability in sport or performing arts.

Harry’s mum, Sarah, said: “We are very grateful the Rob George Foundation has recognised Harry’s talents.

“There is very little funding available to figure skaters, so to receive this sponsorship is a massive help to us as a family.”

Harry is coached by Dan Nicholson and Vycki Nicholson at the new Fylde Coast Ice Arena, which opened at the former TVR site in Bispham last month.

Sarah added: “Harry currently trains twice a day, six times a week.

“He wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The foundation was set up by talented sportsman Rob George, who was a keen golf, hockey and cricket player.

Mr George was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2011, so decided to set up the foundation to support young people who faced financial difficulties, but had a passion for sport and performing arts.

He died last year.

Philip George, a trustee of the foundation, said: “We were incredibly impressed by the total passion for and commitment to his sport which Harry displays – this is quite exceptional in one so young.

“He is fortunate to enjoy the dedicated support of a loving family.

“He is a very worthy recipient of our award.”