Hetton Lyons

Cricket club bowled over by GF Community Foundation support

One of the first targeted community projects to be delivered through the GF Community Foundation is a £20,000 grant and sponsorship of Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, a long-standing grassroots sports club with over 225 children, players and coaches.

Gary Adey, Cricket Secretary at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club said: “We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received from Brad and Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) for almost a decade.

 “The generous grant we’ve received from the Foundation has allowed us to rebrand the ground and offer all of our juniors a full set of club clothing and means we can continue to offer affordable grassroots sport provision to our local communities for the foreseeable future.”

Spearheaded by CEO and Chairman of GAS Brad Groves, the GF Community Foundation has been created to address key social issues in four areas across County Durham and Sunderland.

The Foundation will invest in local people to revive communities by restoring hope, encouraging people to make positive changes and reignite community spirit.

Find out more about the Foundation and the great work they do in the community.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.


“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.