Charity cafe named after Preston hero Sir Tom Finney

Mike Simkin, Manager of Hospitality at PNE, prepares the former Football Museum shop to reopen as the Finney Sport Bar in January
Mike Simkin, Manager of Hospitality at PNE, prepares the former Football Museum shop to reopen as the Finney Sport Bar in January
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Preston’s most famous sporting son, former Preston North End and England legend Sir Tom Finney, will be honoured at a charity’s new base.

Cardiac rehabilitation charity Heartbeat, which is planning to move to its new base at the former National Football Museum soon will also be home to a cafe called Finney’s.

As previously reported by the Evening Post, the cafe will be run by The Villa and will be open to people using the charity’s facilities and also to members of the public.

A licensing application for the cafe has now been submitted to Preston Council.

Bosses have applied to play live music and recorded music and supply alcohol on and off the premises seven days a week.

Richard Simkin, operations direction of The Villa at North End, said: “It’s for Heartbeat, football fans and the people of Preston to use day and night. On match days, it will be a family friendly bar which we have the licensing application in for.”

Chief executive of Heartbeat Jill Rogerson said: “We are delighted to be able to incorporate a café facility as part of our new centre.

“It will provide a great setting for our participants to be able to socialise before and after their visit to Heartbeat.

“We’re excited that Villa are providing pre match facilities for PNE fans and would love to support them as much as we can.”

The Evening Post launched a campaign at the end of September to raise £37,000 for charity.

The charity is moving from its base in Harris Park, Fulwood, to the former National Football Museum.

The refit of the building is estimated to cost £285,000 and, while the charity has used money from its reserves, it now needs help with the final push.