Foundation enjoy special evening at The Hawthorns
ALBION head coach Tony Pulis was the guest of honour as The Albion Foundation celebrated their award-winning disability programme 'One Albion' at their annual awards ceremony on Monday night.
It was a wonderful evening with a mixture of video stories and awards. Highlights of the evening included watching the powerful and moving stories of Josh Slaney and Chris Winston on the big screen, celebrating the achievements of Blind Dave Heeley and the rest of the Tri-Albion Challenge fundraisers as well as Lucy Hall deservedly being recognised with the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her selfless dedication to the disability teams over the years.
However, the most moving moment of the night was the tribute paid to Alex Higgins, one of the Albion Foundation’s visually impaired footballers and volunteer coach. Alex tragically passed away in October at the tender age of just 26. Team-mates made a moving video tribute before Alex’s stepdad and brother Nathan received the newly-named ‘Alex Higgins Volunteer of the Year Award’ and also ‘Player’s player and Manager‘s Player of the Year Award’.
Albion Foundation director Rob Lake said: “This evening is one of the highlights of our calendar. It is a wonderful celebration of all the hard work and effort of all players, staff and volunteers.
“I cannot thank them all enough, they make me extremely proud. Hopefully we also paid a fitting tribute to Alex, who touched so many lives with his wonderful nature and personality.
“It really made everyone’s night that Tony Pulis was there to share in their achievements. We are so grateful to Tony and first-team coach Ben Garner for taking the time to join us.”
Pulis was also clearly impressed as he addressed the audience of more than 200.
“This has been a great evening I have really enjoyed it,” he said. “The staff and players do incredible things and you should all be very proud.”
There were numerous awards throughout the evening and photos of all the winners and teams can be found on The Albion Foundation website, click here.