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Premier League award recognises Pete’s contribution to the community

Exeter City Community Trust’s former inclusion officer has been awarded the Premier League Community Captain award.

Pete Eveleigh, who was diagnosed with MND in November 2022, was presented with the award to acknowledge both his contribution to the football club and its charity and for the work that he, his family and friends have done to raise awareness of MND.

Clubs across the Premier League, EFL and National League were invited to nominate a Community Captain, somebody at the heart of their Premier League-funded programmes, who deserves recognition for their commitment and contribution to the game and society.

Pete, his wife Jess and son Oliver, aged three, attended the Exeter City Training Ground, where Pete was presented with his award by manager Gary Caldwell, and club captain, Pierce Sweeney.

Pete has worked with Exeter City Community Trust since 2016. Through his role as inclusion officer he developed programmes to engage with young people in the community.

Danny Harris, head of services at Exeter City Community Trust, said: “Pete was selected for this award as he was hugely influential for the charity and for young people in Exeter. He believed in young people when others didn’t; I think that was one of his key skills because he worked with lots of young people who just needed support and to be listened to. He did that in a number of ways through some of our educational programmes for young people and through our Premier League Kicks sessions.

“He has done so much in the community and to raise awareness of MND since his diagnosis. With the support of Jess, he and his family and friends have raised a lot of money for some important research.”

Jess Eveleigh, said: “It means a lot to us and, Pete is really overwhelmed to receive this award. When he was working he put everything into the club and the community trust who have both been truly incredible he was diagnosed.

“It means the world to receive this award and we will cherish it. The support that we’ve had from the club and the Community Trust has been relentless and we will never forget the support.”

Last year’s Exeter City Football Club family fun day at St James Park raised money for the Darby Rimmer Foundation which was established to create awareness of MND, to fund and assist research into the illness with the quest of finding a cure for the illness, to raise funds and offer grants and support those with MND.

Pete’s friends established Mind over MND to raise awareness of the disease and have produced a range of merchandise.

Jess adds: “We need people to understand what it is like living with MND so to get people talking about it one of the main things for us.”

To find out more about the work of Pete, Jess and their friends in raising awareness for those with MND, visit www.mindovermnd.co.uk

Pete Eveleigh and Danny Harris