The Laurence Plummer Foundation
The Laurence Plummer Foundation was set up in June 2021 in honour of the late great Laurence Plummer who sadly passed away in November 2020 after contracting Covid 19. Laurence Plummer was a stalwart of local football in Medway, Kent, dedicating many years to Hollands & Blair FC as a volunteer holding all roles within the club.
After his passing a charity was formed to honour Laurence and give back to the local community, and so The Laurence Plummer Foundation was formed. The Laurence Plummer Foundation aims through its fund raising activities to award small grants to local young people who may be at a financial disadvantage. These grants will be aimed at helping young people take the next step in their sport, whether it’s from joining their first club or competing at a high level The Laurence Plummer Foundation aims to help.
Grants are issued four times per year and can be applied for through the apply for a grant page. Although we cant help everyone that applies we aim to judge each application on its merit and seek references to ensure our grants reach the most worthy causes.
The Laurence Plummer Foundation
Our Vision Mission & Values
Our mission is to offer resources, support and opportunities to the underprivileged youth in our community of The Medway Towns and beyond. We’ll be operating in the fields of sport and recreation, so that disadvantaged children and young adults can have the chance to take on opportunities to realise their full potential, and strive to be the best they can be.
It is becoming of a foundation with the late Laurence Plummer’s name attached to it, that the focus is on both sport and helping young people to achieve something with their sporting ambition.
Led by Laurence’s sister, Christine Plummer, this is a charity that wants to help youngsters from backgrounds that may be struggling for a variety of reasons, and to offer them the chance to compete. Regardless of the level, be they a beginner, intermediate or elite, we aim to provide them with the right equipment, support and resources that may otherwise be out of reach.
These days, there can be so much stress and pressure put on families: finances, peer pressure and the need for inclusion. With the rising prices of sporting equipment, memberships of sports clubs and teams, and competition registrations, participation in sports and recreation activities can prove to be unobtainable for so many.
This where The Laurence Plummer Foundation aims to be of help.
We want to encourage those youngsters who are looking to become participants in sport, that they can do just that: regardless of experience, ability or background. We want to encourage them to ‘have a go’, try their hardest, and give themselves the opportunity to learn a sport or skill. We want to encourage them to accomplish levels of achievement that they never thought possible.
The foundation will be looking for individuals and teams to apply for help, in whatever form that might be. We will endeavour to treat every application with the attention and respect it deserves, and provide you with the help that you need to the best of our ability.
Laurence Plummer was a local man of The Medway Towns and a keen sportsman. But it was football that he was particularly passionate about. He played in the local leagues before realising that he had a clear talent for leadership.
He soon started running his beloved Hollands & Blair FC, and building them from a Sunday team of mates through to a thriving semi-professional team that plays at Step 5 of the National League pyramid.
Along with this huge achievement, he built a community youth program from under 7’s through to under 18’s, playing local league, before they progressed on to Kent Youth League standard: playing at clubs like Margate, Dover Athletic, Maidstone Utd and Chatham Town to name just a few.
Sadly Laurence, who is more affectionately known to most as ‘Plum’, passed away in November 2020. His death has left a huge hole in the lives of so many, but his legacy lives on. This charity is just one way to make a difference to others, just as he did over so many years for the people, the clubs and the community around him.
Plum brought the best out of people, both through sport and on the social side. He was a leader, as well as a first class sport administrator and organiser. He was a champion of the local community and a friend to so many of the people that he came into contact with.
It is now down to Laurence’s family, his number one focus in life, Hollands & Blair Football Club and the trustees of the foundation that bares his name to honour his legacy: to carry on his work to change the lives of youngsters for the better.
So many people have had their sporting and personal lives touched by Plum, because of the opportunities he gave them, and he will still be doing it for many years to come thanks to the Laurence Plummer Foundation.