Middlesbrough: Tsunami appeal fund

Last updated : 14 January 2005 By Reggie Holdsworth

Boro are giving the club’s big-hearted supporters an opportunity to add further to the £100 million already donated to the Asian tsunami disaster appeal by British people.

MFC has joined forces with the Red Cross for a bucket collection before Sunday’s live televised game with Everton, with the aim of raising several thousand pounds for victims of the Indian Ocean crisis.

Along with all other Barclays Premiership clubs, Boro have donated £50,000 to the appeal, creating a £1 million donation from the Premier League.

The club has also donated numerous signed items and prizes for raffles and fund-raisers organised by individuals and groups around Teesside.

Boro’s Communications Manager Dave Allan said: “No doubt many of our supporters have already given generously to the appeal, but we wanted to give our fans a combined opportunity to boost the funds further.

“Everyone who has seen the television footage of the problems faced by the victims of the tsunami will know that the people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand are in desperate need of help.”

Boro would like to thank the committee of the Brian Clough Memorial Fund for agreeing to allow Sunday’s collection to take place. They were due to hold their own bucket collection today to raise funds for a statue in memory of the late Boro legend, but this will now take place before Boro’s next Premier League home game, against Blackburn, on February 5.