Ian Hamill Fund – a lasting legacy to Great Places
In 2011, Ian Hamill sadly passed away following a road traffic accident on his way home from work at our Head Office in Manchester. Ian had worked at Great Places for just over 14 years and was our Group Head of Property Services at the time. He was a highly regarded, well-loved colleague who was heavily involved in supporting colleagues to grow and further develop their careers – especially our trade apprentices.
Ian was so passionate about supporting young people that following his death, Ian’s wife left a generous legacy donation to Great Places to help future trade apprentices to establish a career within Repairs.
It's imperative to us that we do Ian proud and use his donation to help our apprentices flourish. Which is why in-line with our 10-year celebrations and the relaunch of our Growing Greatness Programme, we are officially launching the Ian Hamill Fund. The money will be used to fund 10 trade apprentices (one per year) over the next 10 years, all of who we would like to live in one of our communities or homes. All 10 salaries will be sponsored by the fund as well as extra ad hoc initiatives to support our apprentices to complete their qualifications. In addition to this, all trade apprentices will receive a branded toolkit in recognition of successfully passing their probation, to ensure they have the best possible tools and equipment to do the right things in the right way and get them right first time.