Community Champions

Sporting charity calls for corporate sponsors

Written by Peter Davison.

Daniel Climance


A charity established by a Swindon solicitor in memory of her sports-mad son is looking for more corporate sponsors so that it can continue to help young sportsmen and women.

Doing in for Dan was set up following the death of Daniel Climance in a road traffic accident in 2016. The 11-year-old played football for Royal Wootton Bassett youth team and held a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.

The charity aims to raise money for young people in the South West to follow their own sporting dreams, and has given away tens of thousands of pounds, to buy sports kit, equipment and pay for coaching. It has supported over 100 youngsters and 15 local clubs and teams.

Now Daniel's mum, Helen Lucas, is asking local businesses to make Doing in for Dan their Charity of the Year, to hold one-off events for the cause, or to support the charity's own events.

“As a small charity we rely solely on fundraising and donations and we are proud to say that all money raised goes directly to the children and their families or organisations that we support," said Helen.

"While Daniel is no longer able to pursue his sporting dreams we are keen to help other children to do so. We are passionate about sport and the impact it can have on children’s health and wellbeing.

"The charity is keen to continue its good work and is looking for help from local businesses."

2019's grant recipients included 13-year-old acrobatic gymnast Lydia Mulvey, who won the British Championships last year, tennis player Olivia Adkins (11) who is in the top 100 players in her age bracket, and athlete Amy Warre (14) who won a silver medal at the England Athletics National Championships.

The charity also has a number of fundraising events were people can get involved including a Casino Night on 21st March and a charity Wing Walk event at Rendcomb, near Cirencester, on 16th May.

For more information, or to pledge support, visit