Leeds United fans raise funds in memory of fire disaster victims

A wreath is laid at a commemoration ceremony in Centenary Square, Bradford, marking the 29th anniversary of the fire disaster.
A wreath is laid at a commemoration ceremony in Centenary Square, Bradford, marking the 29th anniversary of the fire disaster.
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Leeds United fans are putting sporting rivalries to one side by staging a major fundraising event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster.

Organisers hope next month’s event will raise at least £10,000, with the proceeds being divided equally between Bradford Burns Unit and Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The fundraiser will take place from 2pm until late on Sunday, May 3, at Field Sports and Social Club in Lidget Green, Bradford.

It is being organised by members of the Bradford branch of the Leeds United Supporters’ Club with the backing of City fans.

The day will include a junior football match, penalty shootout and a charity auction featuring lots from clubs such as Arsenal and Rangers.

Balloons will be released in memory of the 56 victims of the Bradford fire on May 11, 1985, as well as 15-year-old fan Ian Hambridge, who died on the same day during violence at a game between Leeds and Birmingham City.

One of the organisers of the fundraiser, 48-year-old United supporter Danny Priestley, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The response we have already had has been amazing.

“Now we’re hoping as many people as possible will turn out for the event itself.”

Terry Yorath, Bradford’s assistant manager at the time of the disaster, is due to attend along with John Hendrie, who was in City’s side on the day.

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