“Without the OSC's members we could not help the good causes that benefit from these events”
John Williams - HCOSC Vice Chair
THANK YOU FOR RAISING OVER £3,000 FOR GOOD CAUSES
By John Williams – Hull City OSC Vice Chair.
First of all I would like to say a big thankyou to everyone who has supported the Hull City Official Supporters Club throughout 2017.
Without your support the OSC would not exist and I hope you can continue to support us through 2018. It is your support that allows us to organise events for good causes such as pre-match entrainment in the Airco Arena and ‘Meet the Player’ nights, all helping to bring Hull City supporters closer to the club.
However, I would like to also extend my thanks to those beyond the footballing community too. One group who springs to mind are those that turn up for the OSC quiz nights. This year Hull City Official Supporters Club has raised hundreds of pounds for brain injury charity Headway. As well as holding a number of pub quizzes at the Crooked Billet in Ryehill, the group organised a raffle to win an England football shirt, raising a grand total of £504.25. In November a cheque was presented to Headway, the brain injury charity that supported Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason. Ryan was playing for City against Chelsea on January 22 when he suffered a fractured skull.
Ryan joined Kathryn Townsley, Chair of the Hull City Official Supporters Club to present the cheque to Headway's Director of Communications, Luke Griggs, at the club’s training ground.
Luke said he was delighted to receive the funds on behalf of the charity and thanked all of the Hull City Official Supporters Club members for their support.
He said: "We are extremely grateful to all of the fans who contributed. All of the money raised will go towards supporting our front line services including our helpline, so we can continue to support brain injury survivors and their families.
"We would also like to thank Ryan for his ongoing efforts to raise awareness of brain injury and we wish him all the best with his ongoing recovery."
Over to the West of Hull at the Green Dragon in Welton the pub quizzes there raised £627.85 for Ward 33 at Castle Hill Hospital. Hopefully before the end of the year with the money raised, the HCOSC will be presenting numerous digital radios to the Ward, as we have in fact done on a previous occasion when Dean Windass was on hand to help present the radios.
In December there was a great occasion at the Constable Arms in Sproatley. Hull City Official Supporters Club incredibly managed to raise £2,000 for The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation. The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation was founded in memory of the local, ex-Hull City Player, originally from Hedon. The 26-year-old died from an underlying heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (AVRC), the same disease that caused former footballer Fabrice Muamba to retire in 2012 after he technically died before being resuscitated by doctors in a game between Bolton and Tottenham.
The Foundation has been set up to raise funds to go towards providing screenings for all footballers at grass roots levels and to assist clubs in purchasing defibrillators and to provide training in CPR. Tragedies like this can be prevented through cardiac screening, to all those involved in the Daniel Wilkinson Fund it is vital that young people who may be at risk are identified and treated.
The cheque was presented to Daniel’s parents by Kathryn and former Hull City and Arsenal player, John Hawley.
Much of the credit must go to our fantastically dedicated Chair Kathryn Townsley who gives up considerable time and drives countless miles in order to organise events, play the role of quiz master (and referee!) for all the various quizzes. Quiz regulars in particular will know how hard she works to facilitate these superb fundraising events.
To all those who have contributed words cannot express our gratitude, thank you for supporting the HCOSC. Whether you play the ‘Bus Stop’ game in the Airco on Saturday or take part in a raffle or one of the many pub quizzes your help is unmeasurable but very much appreciated.
I hope this article explains a little about what we do at the HCOSC and just how valuable your contributions are, without you we could not help the good causes that benefit from these events. We aim to give supporters opportunities to come together, be it at the Airco or a pub quiz and to provide unique experiences and competitions that involve fans of all ages. Please support us and help by renewing your membership or joining the Hull City Official Supporters Club.
All the very best for 2018
Updated 22:14 - 5 Mar 2018 by Melvyn Utley