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Allison Whitmarsh

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Allison Whitmarsh is a former Huddersfield former school dinner lady who started baking cakes in her kitchen oven for one customer in 2008. She left school at 16 and worked for a number of food manufacturing companies before starting a family. At 40 she took a Hospitality Management degree where she developed her concept for a unique, distinctive and innovative bakery business. She now supplies "ProperMaid" products worldwide. In 2012 she appeared on the BBCs Dragons Den programme and now has entrepreneur Deborah Meaden as a stakeholder in her business. 

Helena Pielichaty


Children’s writer Helena Pielichaty has become Huddersfield Town’s latest patron. The author of over thirty books for children and young adults, including a series on girls’ football, Helena was delighted to join us:

Helena’s family moved to Huddersfield when she was 16. She attended Huddersfield Girls’ High School’s sixth form but it wasn’t until she met her future husband, Pete, that she attended her first Huddersfield Town match, away to Wimbledon FC in 1981. Although she doesn’t live in Huddersfield anymore, she still returns whenever she can to catch a game.

‘I am honoured to be associated with the Town Foundation in this way and proud that the club I support has instigated two such crucial initiatives. Anything that promotes reading and the well-being of children is close to my heart. I hope my patronage will prove an asset to the Foundation’s mission.’

Ed Clancy

Ed Clancy - Huddersfields Olympic Medalist

The Huddersfield Town Foundation announced Huddersfield’s multiple Olympic medallist Ed Clancy as the first Patron of the charity in November 2012.

“Huddersfield is an area close to my heart and I’m delighted to be a part of a charity that aims to make a tangible difference in our community to the people that need it most,” Ed explained.

“Obviously I’m involved in sport and the London 2012 Olympics have really shown everyone what a positive influence sport can have on the country. Huddersfield Town is a big influence in our community and hopefully we can harness the power of that brand to make a big difference in what is a very diverse community.”

Siobhan Greene

Siobhan Greene - Former Executive Producer For X-Factor

Siobhan Greene became a Patron of the Town Foundation in August 2013. 

Born in Huddersfield, Siobhan is ITV Studios Director of Entertainment, having previously run Simon Cowell’s television company where she was the Executive Producer of The X Factor both here and in the US as well the Executive Producer of Britain’s Got Talent.

She has previously engaged in charity work for Breast Cancer Care, having been diagnosed with the illness herself in July 2010 before undergoing treatment and going into remission.

Upon becoming a Patron, Siobhan commented:

“I am deeply honoured to be asked to be a Patron of the Town Foundation. To be a part of something so positive and that is making such a real difference to the lives of children and young people from my home town is an indescribable feeling.

“I am here to roll up my sleeves and put my heart and soul into bringing even greater success to such a fantastic cause.”

Andrew Gale

Andrew Gale - Yorkshire County Cricket Club Captain

Yorkshire County Cricket Club Captain Andrew Gale became the second Patron of the Town Foundation in February 2013.

Dewsbury-born Gale explained his reasons behind getting involved with the Town Foundation:

“Huddersfield Town is very close to my heart and when I found out they were starting the Town Foundation I jumped at the chance to help. I believe that every young person should be given a fair opportunity to their lives and the Foundation offers the help for this to happen.”

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