Our Patron

Graham Taylor OBE Patron 2006 - 2016 - By Ian Millard
 
Graham became patron of Lincolnshire House in April 2006. When I asked Graham to be our patron he did not hesitate as he was proud to be associated with Scunthorpe, as he said he was brought up in Axholme Road and he was well aware of Brumby Wood Lane. Graham was a great supporter of  Lincolnshire House and he certainly helped to raise our profile in the local community. He was a peoples person and always had time for everyone, he was compassionate and a caring man. Every year he would open our summer fete and he would spend hours at Lincolnshire House just talking to everyone. Graham would walk around the stalls and buy from all even though he probably did not want the items, but it was his way of supporting the charity. At the summer fete you would often see him in the goal when we had a penalty shootout.
 
Graham would support the sportman's evening at the centre. He would give his time along with Scunthorpe united managers and chairman to help raise funds for our appeals. He always gave his time, he even donated some of his old football books to raise funds. He would love to tell you stories from his football days. (I can remember asking him why did he take that certain player off at the world cup, that was it I never said another word for another half hour!)
 
Over the years we have enhanced our facilities at Lincolnshire House through our fundraising programme, which has received wonderful support from the community of Scunthorpe. When enough monies had been raised Graham was always on hand to officially open the new bungalow or activity.
 
Graham moved back to Watford in summer 2016 and had decided to retire from his charity work and step down from his role of patron.
 
Lincolnshire House will for ever be indebted to Graham for the 10 years that he supported our charity. Graham was very proud to be associated with Scunthorpe, the residents, staff and volunteers thought the world of Graham, a true gent who will be missed by all.

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