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10 December 2012

Town back Organ Donation vs. Bolton

Huddersfield Town’s second ‘Give and Let Live’ game against Bolton Wanderers garnered recognition on regional television over the weekend.

The Club dedicated the clash with the Trotters to promote the importance of Organ Donation, teaming up with the NHS and Heart Research UK to highlight real-life examples of just how vital it is to sign up and let your family know.

As well as substantial local press coverage in the build-up to the game, ITV’s Calendar were present on the day and broadcast highlights of the campaign over the weekend – including interviews with Barbara Harpham from Heart Research UK (click HERE to hear her thoughts) and Huddersfield Town duo Sue Beaumont and Hilary Horsfall, who have both had their personal lives affected by Organ Donation (click HERE to read Hilary’s story).

Volunteers from the NHS and Heart Research UK were situated around the ground on match day handing our information about how to become an Organ Donor, accompanied by ‘Heartley’ – the Heart Research UK mascot!

Four-time transplant patient Paul Taylor joined Gordon Crowe, Manager of the Yorkshire Organ Donation team, to draw the Golden Gamble numbers at half-time (click HERE for details). 

Last season 9,000 people signed up to the Organ Donor register over the weekend of the ‘Give and Let Live’ game against Oldham Athletic and it appears that the campaign has had an affect again, judging on tweets the Club account @htafcdotcom received below:

Sophie ‏@IcebergSophie
Just signed up for the organ donation after yesterday @htafcdotcom match

Graham Ellis ‏@Baileyfund
Just signed up for organ donation, after yesterday’s @htafcdotcom game against Bolton to raise awareness, should have done it years ago.

The ‘Town Family’ also supported the ‘Give and Let Live’ game over the weekend, handing out Heart Research stickers in the Family Stand. 

There was plenty more going on for families this weekend, with Artifaces painting the faces of young Town fans ahead of kick-off.

Around 40 kids also received match tickets and a Town shirt thanks to the latest ‘Terrier 7s’ presentation of the season!

Town’s School Partner Royds Hall High School helped the Club out by taking on flag bearing duties as the players walked out onto the pitch, as well as forming the ‘Guard of Honour’. 

The Huddersfield Town final of the girls’ npower Under-13 Cup Final took place during the half-time interval, with Mirfield Free Grammar running out as 2-0 winners over Colne Valley. They will now go onto represent the Terriers in the regional final!

Town striker Lee Novak also picked up his Blue & White Foundation ‘Player of the Month’ award from Mike Pearson of Clayton West – click HERE for more info. 

Guests in the prestigious White Rose Club listened to former Town and Bolton player Simon Charlton pre-match, who had also been the guest at the now traditional pre-match question and answer session at Canalside Sports Complex.

White Rose Club guests also had a chance to relive their childhoods with a large-scale version of the game ‘Operation’ to celebrate the Organ Donation game!

There will be plenty more in store when Town host Blackpool on Boxing Day – click HERE to get your ticket now!

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