Most people would be thinking about themselves on their birthday but Lewis Taylor decided to use his birthday party as a way of raising money for his new team.
Friday, 20 December saw Taylor’s plans come together as the Ord Arms Hotel in Muir of Ord for his birthday celebration come fundraiser where he managed to raise £100 for the Highland Wildcats.
When asked why he decided to use his birthday to raise money for the organisation, Lewis said, “The last few years I’ve spotted the Wildcats training when I was passing their practice ground and they’ve always been a confidence boost to me thinking that some time soon I’ll be able to be part of it. Now that I’m getting to get involved with it, I just wanted to help the club in some way.”
The money will be put towards one of the Wildcats new development projects, the Black Isle Stags. This team will be playing scrimmage games against the main Highland Academy Community League teams during the first season next year, with an aim to perhaps being included fully in the league in 2015. The development team includes pupils from Dingwall Academy (which is where Lewis himself attends school), Alness Academy and Fortrose Academy. Depending on coaching numbers, the interest from players and funding; the league may look to eventually set up a team in each of these schools for 2015.
Taylor finished by saying, “I’ve just loved the seeing the wildcats training and the Blitz Awards the past few years, so I thought I would come in with a bang, and show everybody how much I like it!”