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2 November 2012

Club supports Mayor’s Charity Appeal

Huddersfield Town has joined forced with the Mayor of Kirklees for its upcoming npower Championship home game against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday 6 November to support the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr David Ridgway, has chosen the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust – an organisation that supports the benefit and welfare of soldiers of The Yorkshire Regiment and their families – to benefit from this year’s Mayor’s Charity Appeal. 

The work of the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust is sadly relevant at this time; it is only a few months since soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment were killed in Afghanistan. They included Cpl Jake Hartley (21), Pte Anton Frampton (20) and Pte Daniel Wilford (21) – all from the Huddersfield area.  More recently, of course, Pte Tom Wroe from Meltham was buried in Helme Churchyard, Huddersfield.

Click HERE to read about Town’s own tribute to the fallen soldiers.

A bucket collection in aid of the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust will be held on match day and there will be a minute's applause ahead of kick-off. 

Additionally, a special batch of shirts will be worn by Town’s players for the evening, which will be auctioned off. They will sport the famous poppy emblem with proceeds from sales going to the British Legion.

If you would like to make a separate contribution to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal in aid of the Benevolent Trust, or if you would like to organise a charity event in support of the Appeal, please contact The Mayor, Councillor David Ridgway on 07973 703730.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr David Ridgway, commented: “I have been deeply moved by the courage and dignity demonstrated by the families of the soldiers that have died this year.  It is fitting that we should all support their families.

“We all recognise the sacrifices made by our armed forces, as well as their families, and we all have huge respect for the job they do. To lose so many members of the Yorkshire Regiment this year was a great tragedy.

“The fact that four of those fallen soldiers were from our own area really brings everything closer to home. Losing those young men highlighted the importance of supporting the Benevolent Trust.”

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle added:

“Any loss of life from people serving our country is sad, but the recent losses have been particularly poignant to our Club as they are from the Yorkshire Regiment. As a result, our decision to support the Mayor of Kirklees and his Charity Appeal in aid of the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust was a simple one. 

“Huddersfield Town fans are a very generous group, even in these times of economic hardship, and I know everyone connected with the Club will do their best to support the campaign.”

Cllr Ridgway has recently completed a charity trek along the 72-mile Kirklees Way, which runs around the perimeter of the borough and is organised into 12 stages. He undertook the challenge over several weekends and - as well as having support from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, the scouts and Huddersfield Lions – he was joined by the families of Privates Frampton and Wilford.

Over 1,000 separate grants have been made to the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust to support those who have found themselves in difficulty or in need, including soldiers, families of the Regiment and all its antecedent Regiments

In just over three years, people in need of support have received a total of £300,000 in benevolence.

This assistance is increasing year on year, both in the number of cases dealt with by the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Trust and the amount of money it spends on grants. 

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