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THE RETURN OF BOOTHY’S BLOG!

23 December 2020

Club Ambassador Andy explains what’s happening at the Club

- A blog from Huddersfield Town Club Ambassador Andy Booth
- Boothy describes a busy December for the Club
- Andy takes a leading role with fans and in the community

Hi everyone! I’m happy to give you what you all really want for Christmas – the return of ‘Boothy’s Blog!’

It’s been a while since I penned by blogs around ‘Pedal for Pounds’, so it feels like the right thing to bring it back to let you know what’s happening in some other areas of the Club.

In all seriousness, I hope you are all as well as can be throughout what continues to be a bizarre and difficult year. Sadly, there seems to be no let-up in what we must do to beat this virus, so please keep adhering to the rules and we’ll get there.

It’s still great to have regular contact with many of our fans. We miss you all so much, as I know you will be missing your football. Thanks so much for the continued support you show the Club; it really is amazing.

When everyone is struggling, the football club’s role in the community becomes even more important, and we’ve tried to step up and do our part to help some of the more vulnerable members of our area in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, I was delighted to speak to a group of around 15 ladies – via Zoom – through Overgate Hospice. These ladies have suffered some real recent tragedy, losing their loved ones, and the hospice organise this two hour call every week so they can socialise.

I was honoured to be asked onto the call as a guest, and it was great to tell them all about my career and what the Club does in our community, particularly through the Foundation. Thanks so much to Andy and Overgate for having me on. It’s such a good idea.

I’m doing plenty of those calls, including another with two Season Card holders who are residents of Aden View Care Home in Huddersfield yesterday. It’s so important to socialise virtually when we can’t see our friends and loved ones.

I was also lucky enough to visit a lovely lady called Brenda in Netherthong recently. She’s another massive Town fan battling against illness and I spoke to her from outside her garden for a long time. It was lovely to meet her.

We normally take the players to visit the children on our two local hospital wards at this time of year too, but sadly that wasn’t possible given the current restrictions. We found a way around it though! The players recorded some special video messages for the young Town fans on the wards, whilst I dropped off plenty of goodies to be split between Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal.

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I could keep talking and talking about all the other things we’re doing, including some fantastic work through the Foundation in local schools recently. We’ve been out to three schools to talk about the importance of education and planning for your future with the pupils, for example, and I really enjoyed the sessions.

However, I know we’ll keep telling fans about all the work the Foundation undertakes via htafc.com and htafcfoundation.com, so keep checking that out. It’ll explain it better than I ever could!

Finally, I’d like to thank the group of Town fans who give up their time to take part in the ‘All Together Town’ panel, which helps us gain feedback on all the important issues surrounding the Club. We had our December meeting a couple of weeks ago – the notes are HERE – and I don’t want their contribution to go unnoticed. There are some fantastic ideas to have come from those meetings that have benefited all Town fans, so thank you from me and the Club.

That’s all from me for now. A massive ‘Merry Christmas’ to you all from me, and good luck to Carlos and the lads at Barnsley on Boxing Day!

Boothy


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