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Elena Baltacha Foundations & Zest
Registered Charity No: 116577
Registered Charity No: 289154
Established in 2014 to honour Elena Baltacha's legacy as a champion of grassroots tennis, by breaking down barriers to introduce tennis to children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Ipswich and Suffolk.
Proceeds from the love all auction will support a two-year community tennis programme; initially rolling out across Ipswich, and ultimately county-wide across Suffolk.
Dedicated tennis roadshow teams will visit infant and primary schools, providing ongoing teacher development training and equipment, including rackets, balls and nets for schools to continue playing tennis on-site.
Introductory sessions will be followed-up by a second tennis experience for children wishing to further enjoy the game by means of an introduction to a local tennis club. Children and their parents will be given ongoing support, navigating them down a recreational fun route or an elite pathway, if this is what they wish.
Never before has there been a greater need to address lockdown imposed inactivity and isolation by making tennis accessible to disadvantaged children; introducing them to the physical and mental health benefits that the sport can bring.
To hear first-hand how tennis can transform young lives, view a special message from Macy, aged 19 years from Ipswich, Suffolk, click here.
The Elena Baltacha Foundation will also donate a share of love all proceeds to Zest, part of St. Elizabeth Hospice, based in Ipswich, Suffolk. Zest supports young adults, aged 14 and upwards, with progressive and incurable illnesses, ensuring they get specialist care and tailored treatment to enjoy life to the full. The team has been developing Zest since 2015, working closely with children’s hospice services to ensure young adults have a smooth transition into adult care.
Proceeds from the love all auction will help fund a part-time Zest Activities Co-ordinator, who will focus on providing person-centred activities. These activities will include arts and crafts, group and individual sports, excursions, music, accessing assistive technology, games, quizzes and celebrating events.
As part of their active partnership, the Elena Baltacha Foundation will also provide practical assistance by developing specially-tailored tennis sessions for young adults, supported by Zest, which will also be made accessible to their siblings, who often miss out on family activities.
GeeWizz, Sarcoma UK & LTA Suffolk Disability Tennis
Registered Charity No: 1164353
Registered Charity England & Wales No: 1139869
A small charity with big ambition, founded by love all Ambassador and Co-Founder,
Gina Long MBE.
Established in 2015, GeeWizz supports children and young adults across Suffolk and Norfolk with high dependency disabilities, life-limiting illnesses and cancer.
Proceeds from love all will support GeeWizz’s active commitment to advances in Genomics Cancer Research by funding vital, life-saving research through Sarcoma UK, the bone and soft tissue cancer charity.
© Sarcoma UK
Photo: © LTA Suffolk Dylan Murray aged 9
Under the auspices of LTA Suffolk, GeeWizz will also support Tennis Disability initiatives, including junior and adult wheelchair sessions, coaching in special educational needs schools and colleges across the county, as well as tennis festivals with a carousel of activities. These programmes will be delivered by LTA Suffolk Disability Tennis, in partnership with local tennis clubs, schools, colleges, Mencap, Suffolk MIND and the NHS.
Founded in 2015, GeeWizz supports individual children living at home with their families by purchasing bespoke equipment, from specialist car seats to the installation of ramps for facilitating access.
On a larger scale, GeeWizz supports capital projects by funding programmes and specialist equipment, for example:
The redevelopment (currently being installed) of an entire school playground at Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy, Ipswich, with sensory play areas to enable access for pupils in wheelchairs (photo of playground above).
A purposefully designed apartment at West Suffolk College's Minden House, to help young adults with learning disabilities live more independently.
Bespoke accommodation for short breaks and an outreach programme with specialist nurses, for young adults aged 14 and older with life-limiting illnesses through Zest (part of St. Elizabeth Hospice).
Charity Registered in Scotland No:
Established in 2021, Murray Play Foundation is a newly registered charity by Judy, Sir Andy and Jamie Murray to operate the outreach programme attached to the Murray Tennis Centre in Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Proceeds from love all will help take tennis into rural and disadvantaged communities in the catchment surrounding the Centre, and provide opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to experience the social, physical and mental health benefits of playing or delivering sport.
The Murray Play Foundation is committed to opening tennis up and creating opportunities for people to participate and/or to become part of a workforce that will grow the game in and around the area where Jamie and Andy grew up.
As a former GB Fed Cup Captain, Team GB Olympic Tennis coach, WTA Community Ambassador and Founding Patron of the Elena Baltacha Foundation, Judy Murray, alongside her sons Andy and Jamie, is actively committed to making tennis accessible to all.
Murray Play Foundation
The WTA’s global philanthropic organisation is dedicated to empowering girls and women to live fully and support WTA communities worldwide through initiatives promoting equality, education, leadership, health and wellness. Proceeds raised through love all will support WTA Charities’ global campaign, Aceing Cancer.
Launched in 2019 to fight against women’s cancers, one of the campaign’s first initiatives was to fund life-saving cancer research under the auspices of the American Cancer Society. The first grant awarded was dedicated in memory of former WTA player, Elena Baltacha, who lost her fight to liver cancer in 2014 at the young age of 30.
Martina Navratilova, herself a cancer survivor, championed the campaign for the next research grant that will be dedicated to WTA Legend and Hall of Famer, Jana Novotna, whose life was cut tragically short by ovarian cancer in 2017 at the age of 49.
Proceeds from love all will also support vital screening and care programmes for women’s cancers around the world.
Photo: Breast Cancer tennis recovery programme, sponsored by WTA Charities, though the Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore