Leeds United Supporters Club of Scandinavia make donation to Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospice in memory of Peter Lorimer
Leeds United Supporters Club of Scandinavia have donated £2,000 to Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospice in memory of Peter Lorimer.
LUSCOS, which was founded in 1980 and boasts over 7,000 members, made the contribution following the recent passing of the Elland Road legend, aged 74 - who spent his final days in the hospice's care in Headingley, battling a long term illness.
Lorimer made 705 appearances for the Whites in two spells between 1962 and 1979, and then between 1983 and 1985, becoming the club's all-time record goalscorer as he netted on 238 occasions.
He was president and an honourable member of the Scandinavian branch, for whom he did so much during their infancy as a Whites supporters club.
Lorimer helped organise flights, accommodation and hosted the branch in his pub in Holbeck during trips to Leeds before its eventual closure. He also attended events hosted by supporters both in Leeds and Scandinavia.
Last year, LUSCOS launched two beers in tribute to a pair of United legends - a pilsner named 'Lorimer's Lash' and a 'Pale Eddie Gray'.
Over the course of a year they have sold over 20,000 bottles across Norway alone, with the donation to the hospice in Peter's memory coming from the small profit made.
"We will miss him greatly, and our thoughts are with his wife Susan and his friends and family," Svend Karlsen told the Yorkshire Evening Post on behalf of the members of LUSCOS.
"We regret not having been able to see him for the last year due to the Covid situation, but we are glad we had a very nice meeting last February, with Peter and Susan, Eddie Gray and his wife Linda, just before the shutdown.
"We also got to present the beer that we have made in his tribute, and we could see how much it meant to him.
"I think it's safe to say our supporters club, our community across our countries in Scandanavian and in Leeds, would not have been the same without Peter."
Head of Hospice Fundraising Donna Woodman added: “Everyone at Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospice is extremely grateful for any donations or fundraising that supports the vital care our hospice provides to local people and their families.
“The last 12 months have been extremely challenging. We have seen all of our charity shops close and fundraising events cancelled. This has left our organisation as a whole with a funding shortfall.
“We have seen in the last year so many people dig deep to support us so that we can be there for those that need us most when it matters and it is greatly appreciated.”
If you would like to make a donation to Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospice, you can do so by clicking here