Matchday treat courtesy of businessman Jim

From left, Gary Candlish (Ashdown Care), adult service user Michael Robbins and Jim Richardson (Clictime).
From left, Gary Candlish (Ashdown Care), adult service user Michael Robbins and Jim Richardson (Clictime).

A PONTELAND-BASED entrepreneur has enabled a group of adults with learning and physical disabilities to experience the thrills of Premier League football.

Jim Richardson, whose Clictime firm designs and manufactures children’s watches for the Lego and Star Wars brands, offered to provide the company’s executive box at the Sports Direct Arena to Ashdown Care Homes’ service users during Newcastle United’s fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The Gateshead-based company, which donates a percentage of its profits to worthy causes, has 19 adult service users at its four specialist facilities.

Five adults and their one-to-one carers will have complementary use of the box and their special matchday visit will include a buffet lunch or three-course meal.

Mr Richardson said: “I’m delighted to provide Ashdown Care service users with the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and excitement associated with the Barclays Premier League.

“I’ve known its owner Gary Candlish for many years and admire the work and dedication of his team within the local community.

“Ashdown Care celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and I wanted to mark the occasion by providing complementary use of the executive box.

“It seems a fitting way to celebrate the company’s founding.”

Clictime, which has 40 employees and operates in 23 countries worldwide as well as having offices in New York and Hong Kong, has been a long-term supporter of Ashdown Care.

Mr Candlish said: “We appreciate the continued support from Clictime and Jim’s generous gesture has been warmly received by our service users and staff.

“It’s a very special day for our group and an occasion that everyone will enjoy.”