FUND-RAISERS REACH THEIR GOAL
FOR CLOUGHIE STATUE IN NOTTINGHAM
Fund-raisers reach their target...
Volunteers who've raised money for a Brian Clough statue in Nottingham handed-over a cheque for more than £70,000 to the city council, who have commissioned the sculpture. Pictured above are (from left) the statue fund chairman Paul Ellis, committee members Mike Simpson and Mick Mellors and the leader of the city council, Jon Collins.
The statue fund smashed through its £60,000 target in just 18 months. After reaching £59,000, the fund welcomed major donations from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest, who each gave £5,000.
The council and Forest made a joint cheque presentation at half-time during the Reds' match against Port Vale on Boxing Day 2006.
Barbara Clough has praised the efforts of the fund-raisers and the fans who backed the fund. Mrs Clough said Brian would have been "absolutely amazed" at the idea of a statue. Read more about Mrs Clough's special message HERE.
The chairman of the fund, Paul Ellis, said it was a tremendous achievement to have exceeded the target in such a short period of time. "It's absolutely fantastic and a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in the fund-raising campaign," he said. "To receive such a major contribution from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Forest is the icing on the cake.
"The money completes the fund in style and ensures we will have the best possible statue. The additional cash will be used to meet any further costs such as installing the sculpture, lighting and a top quality plinth.
"We must remember that all this would not have been possible without the hundreds of people in Nottinghamshire and around the world who put their hands in their pockets and supported the fund from the very beginning.
"I would like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way - whether it be through donations, buying special merchandise, supporting our on-line auctions or attending our fund-raising events. They did so out of sheer admiration for a remarkable man and the desire to have a lasting memorial. People have taken the fund to their hearts, just as they did the Great Man himself."