Tennis Match Gives Hope
01st September 2012
Jonathan Farmer 22 of Archway, Islington once struggled for nine months with no fixed abode and now finds himself playing tennis against the legendary Bjorn Borg. Despite losing to a legend of a bygone age some 40 years his senior, Farmer still felt like a winner last Saturday.
“It was a great day. I never thought that I would get an opportunity like this. It was a dream come true. Bjorn and everyone seemed to have a good time and hopefully it’ll make people more aware of Centrepoint’s work.” - Jonathan Farmer
Farmer is now a professional tennis coach at the Islington Tennis Centre. He attributes his remarkable comeback to the intervention of national homeless youth charity Centrepoint.
“Centrepoint stuck with me and gave me the opportunity to better my qualifications, which I don’t think I would have had anywhere else. It has opened doors to me which I didn’t have before.” - Jonathan Farmer
The Charity Tennis Match at the Lightwater Leisure Centre on Saturday 8th September was part of a programme of fundraising events organised by manager Jamie Banwell Clode with the goal of raising £100,000 to help Centrepoint continue their work. The funding will help others like Jonathan to avoid falling into destitution. See photos
The 1970’s tennis legend Bjorn Borg played for free saying that he owed a debt of gratitude to the UK and expressing his support for Centrepoint.
“I always felt so well supported in England when I was a professional, and I would now like to show my gratitude. We will raise £100,000 for Centrepoint and will not stop until we reach this goal.” - Bjorn Borg
Centrepoint supports around one thousand young people aged 16-25 each year in London and the north east. The charity, whose patron is HRH the Duke of Cambridge, provide people like Jonathan a safe place to stay and the support needed to access education, find a job and learn the life skills needed to become fully independent adults.