Herts Baseball Club is blessed with so many fantastic members and volunteers who generously give their time, energy and apply their expertise to build a truly special club, but there are volunteers like Tim Elkins who take contribution to a whole new level.
Tim joined Herts at the start of the 2006 British baseball season and since then, in addition to being a player, he has acted in many different capacities from team manager, coach and member of the club’s front office to being part of the grounds crew, field maintenance and events staff.
During that period Tim Elkins has persistently been submitting his application to link his work as Herts Baseball volunteer to the Royal Bank of Scotland Community Cashback Scheme. The scheme rewards the work of people like Tim by making a cash contribution to the community groups which they are involved in.
Every year since 2007 Tim’s applications to RBS have successfully been bringing in cash grants for Herts Baseball which have accumulated nearly £2,000. Contributions like this have enabled the club to meet the match-funding requirements of grants such as the recent BSUK facilities grant which saw around £17,000 go into the upgrade of Grovehill Ballpark to make it one of the premier baseball venues in the UK.
Not many know that in addition to his contribution as volunteer and the RBS grants, Tim Elkins, together with his parents, Derek and Josephine Elkins, have made substantial cash donations which have reached a four-digit number.
When people look around Grovehill Ballpark, they won’t see his name but they should know that Tim Elkins has played a major part in building the facility and the community which people see today.
It will not be easy for members and fans to express with words their appreciation for what Tim has done for their favourite club, but Tim should know that, when people tip their cap to say hello, it is intended as more than just a greeting.