Tennis Scotland has selected Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer, as its charity partner for 2018 in memory of coach Annette Fox.
Mum-of-two Annette, a loved and respected member of the tennis community in Scotland, and who was named Tennis Scotland Coach of The Year in 2015, died in March 2017 aged 44.
Annette and her family were supported by Maggie’s Edinburgh over the course of seven years. In 2016 she appeared in a film aired on BBC 1’s Children in Need Appeal Night talking about how Maggie’s had supported her whole family.
Pete Fox, Annette’s husband, said: “I know Annette would be really touched that Tennis Scotland and Maggie’s are working together in her memory. Tennis was such a huge part of our life with Annette and Maggie’s, as always, gave us such love and support when we needed it most. The partnership is the most fitting tribute to Annette.”
Pete launched the partnership yesterday (April 12th) at Craiglockhart Leisure & Tennis Centre alongside Blane Dodds, CEO at Tennis Scotland , Mark Cooper from Maggie’s and Bryan Leslie, President from Gullane Tennis Club. Tennis Scotland is also delighted to support a new competition at Gullane Tennis Club in memory of Annette which will run for the first time in 2018.
Maggie’s Edinburgh Centre Head Andrew Anderson said: “I am delighted Gullane Tennis Club and Tennis Scotland have chosen to support Maggie’s in memory of Annette.
We at Maggie’s remember Annette with great fondness and admiration. She and her family were always a pleasure to have in the Centre. Their determination, honesty and closeness as a family was a privilege to be part of.
And as we rely on voluntary donations, all funds raised by Tennis Scotland and its members will go a long way in helping Maggie’s to reach as many people as possible.”
Tennis Scotland has 266 registered venues across Scotland and more than 56,000 club members. The organisations aims include delivering a sustainable legacy from the Murray era by getting more people playing more often, growing and developing the Scottish tennis family and develop a world class player pathway that allows players to progress and succeed.
Blane Dodds, CEO Tennis Scotland, said: “Tennis Scotland is delighted to be in partnership with Maggie’s. Maggie’s has the power to bind people and communities together through hard times and this is credit to the amazing work Maggie’s centres do all around Scotland. Tennis is in the unique position to also have the ability to bring people and communities together and we hope over the coming year that the tennis community will get behind Maggie’s and support this wonderful cause, helping individuals and families all over Scotland.”
Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals Maggie’s are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.
Tennis Scotland has set up a Just Giving page and any donations would be greatly appreciated. The page can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/maggies-tennisscotland.
To find out more about Maggie’s please visit www.maggiescentres.org.
Pictured from L-R - Pete Fox, Blane Dodds, Mark Cooper and Bryan Leslie