We are very saddened to learn of the death in recent days of John Coates, Chairman of our charity on its formation in 2016 through to 2018.
John was a tireless, impassioned champion of youth sport, children's health and community life across the region. Without John, it is very unlikely our charity would have even survived some very challenging times.
Instead - under his leadership - our events have flourished and our reach has grown beyond a one day event into new sports and extended across the Tamar into Cornwall. We are forever indebted for his commitment, enthusiasm and direction that leaves a real legacy for generations of the future.
More than that, he was also a throroughly decent human, well liked and respected by all who were fortunate to meet him. Everyone at our charity sends our heartfelt condolences to John's family at this very sad time.