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How PNE owner Trevor Hemmings helped Lancashire as ‘grateful’ county remembers ‘everything he has done’

Written by on October 12, 2021

Lancashire charities and businesses have paid tribute to the ‘incredibly kind’ owner of Preston North End who has died aged 86.

Trevor Hemmings, owner of the championship club and three times winner of the Grand National, played a huge role in the region’s hospitality and leisure industries as well as helping charitable organisations and worthy causes in Lancashire.

Hemmings stepped in to rescue Preston North End in 2010 by purchasing the controlling stake in the club after it had been issued with a winding up order from HM Revenue and Customs.

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The British billionaire businessman who made his fortune in property and racing, owned Preston North End FC.

Preston North End Football Club said in a statement last night: “Preston North End Football Club can sadly confirm the devastating news that its owner Trevor Hemming CVO has passed away this evening 11th October 2021.

“A further statement will be made in the coming days but in the meantime his family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

A director at the Lancashire club during the 1970s, Hemmings bought the controlling share of the club in 2010 via his company, Deepdale PNE.

Born in London, Hemmings was the son of a munitions worker who moved to Leyland with his family during WWII during his childhood.

He attended Leyland Secondary Modern School and Lancashire College and subsequently entered the construction trade.

As a leisure magnate with businesses spanning hospitality and housing, he was famed for his racing triumphs, winning the Grand National in 2005, 2011 and 2015.

The racehorse owner was the owner of Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens for a while, also owning holiday park company Pontins in the past.

He was said to be worth £1.115 billion according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List, published in May this year.

Kenny Mew, General Manager of Blackpool Tower issued condolences to the Hemming family on behalf of Blackpool Tower.

He said: “We are sorry to hear of this sad news and the team at Blackpool Tower would like to extend our condolences to the Hemming family at this difficult time”

A philanthropic man, Hemmings was heavily involved in charities and causes around the region.

One of the Lancashire based organisations that he helped was Rainbow House, now Rainbow Hub, a conductive education centre based in Mawdsley, near Chorley, which helps children with disabilities.

Paying tribute to ‘a dear friend’, Rainbow Hub said in a statement on Facebook that they would miss his regular phone calls, visits, and chocolate treats.

They said: “We are so very sorry to hear of the sad passing of a dear friend of ours. Trevor Hemmings was a treasured supporter of Rainbow Hub, and his belief and support has helped us to become the Charity we are today.

We will be forever grateful for all that he did for us and the families who attend. We will miss his regular phone calls, visits and chocolate treats… He was an incredibly kind man who will be dearly missed by us all. Our sincere condolences are with his family, and we are keeping them in our thoughts.”

Speaking to Lancs Live directly, Lyndsay Fahey, chief executive of the Rainbow Hub, said they had been helped by Trevor Hemmings when it was originally set up 20 years ago, and in 2015, and that he had been an avid supporter of the charity.

She said the charity would be ‘forever grateful’ to him for his contribution, ‘without a shadow of a doubt’, adding: “He supported us right at the very beginning when the charity was founded, and again in 2015. He has always been an avid supporter ever since.

“We will be forever grateful to him for everything he has ever done for us, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Another of his charitable contributions was Preston’s SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Centre), a project that helps victims of sexual violence.

The country’s first purpose-built centre combining forensic and medical care for rape and sexual assault complainants has been based at Royal Preston Hospital since 2002.

He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2011 (CVO) for this work as vice president of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

He leaves behind his wife, Eve, and his four children.

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