BRIAN CLOUGH MEMORIAL FUND
MAKES FINAL DONATIONS
A fund set-up in memory of Brian has donated more than £55,000 to charity since it was established. The Brian Clough Memorial Fund has now made its final donations - totalling £30,000 - to help a range of good causes.
A cheque for £7,500 has been presented to the children's cancer ward (E39) at Nottingham Children's Hospital in the Queen's Medical Centre. The cheque was presented by author and editor of this website, Marcus Alton, to the Nottingham Hospitals Charity (November, 2013). The cheque includes book royalties donated by Marcus, who has written two highly successful books about Cloughie.
Three other charities will also receive £7,500 from the fund separately. They are Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre (providing holidays to Skegness for disadvantaged children), Frazer's House (raising funds for a house near the Queen's Medical Centre to accommodate families of brain tumour patients) and Sporting Hearts (helping disadvantaged children through engagement with sport).
The Frazer's House charity was set-up in memory of Frazer McDermott, a young man from Derby who passed away in 2011, aged 20. He had suffered bravely from a brain tumour since being very young and his parents are raising £300,000 for the house.
In a statement issued exclusively to this website, Brian Clough's children Simon, Nigel and Elizabeth said: "We are delighted that the memorial fund is able to make these donations to such good causes.
"When Dad passed away in 2004, our family was overwhelmed to receive not only hundreds of cards and letters but also donations from members of the public who felt they wanted to 'give' something in his memory.
"Such spontaneous acts of generosity and the love and admiration people had for Dad echoed his own attitude to others so we, as a family, were proud to establish the Brian Clough Memorial Fund.
"These latest donations will be the final ones made by the fund before it closes and we would like to thank everyone who has donated or helped to raise money since the fund was set-up. Many people have been very generous and we hope the money will make a real difference."
Pictured, above, receiving the cheque on behalf of the Nottingham Hospitals Charity is Louise Whittle, whose 10 year old daughter Rose was a patient on the children's cancer ward and died following a brain tumour in March 2013. Also holding the cheque is 13-year-old patient Toni Hardington, alongside website editor and author Marcus Alton.
Marcus - whose books helped to raise money for the memorial fund said: "Brian's generosity is one of the many qualities that shone through when I was collecting memories for my book 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' and I think it is only fitting that a fund set-up in his memory has helped many people."
Marcus had met Rose Whittle on the ward at the end of 2012 and she was one of the main inspirations for the donation. Knowing that Cloughie visited many poorly children in hospital was also an important factor.
It was Louise Whittle's first visit back to the ward since her daughter passed away. She said: "I'd like to thank the memorial fund and Marcus for the kind donation. There have been mixed emotions for me today, but anything we can do to make life easier for other families is a great legacy to Rose and that's what she would have wanted."
Louise explained that the money would help provide extra items as part of the refurbishment of the ward. "When you are a parent of a child on the ward, there are so many things to make life better," she said. Extra items include IT equipment, Ipads for patients, televisions and decorations.
Rose had also helped to raise money for the ward. Added Louise: "Rose had a real zest for life - she did in ten years what a lot of people wouldn't achieve in 100 years. Even though she was very ill she ran the Sport Relief Mile and did a lot of fund-raising.
"I think Rose and Cloughie would have got on fantastically. She called a spade a spade. I remember on the day of the Sport Relief Mile, she'd been brought in to hospital overnight and said to Professor Walker, an eminent brain tumour specialist, 'Well, when am I getting out of here? I'm supposed to be running the Sport Relief Mile. I'm not staying in her any longer.' Yet at the same time, she wasn't precocious, she was just bright and fun-loving, like children are."
The books written by Marcus - 'Young Man, You've Made My Day' and 'The Day I Met Brian Clough' are still available to buy, with further royalties going to a charity close to the hearts of Brian and Barbara Clough. Mrs Clough wrote the foreword for Marcus's first book and attended its launch in Nottingham, along with other members of her family and Cloughie legends Martin O'Neill, John Robertson and Garry Birtles. Barbara also contributed memories to the second book, as did other members of the Clough family. Mrs Clough sadly passed away in July, 2013.
Mrs Clough at book launch
These final donations mean the memorial fund has donated more than £55,000 to over 20 good causes in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire over an eight-year period. Other organisations to benefit in previous years include Age Concern, the Maggies Cancer Centre, Nottinghamshire Hospice, Children First (Derby) and the Royal Tank Regiment Association.
Martin O'Neill & Marcus Alton
The Brian Clough Memorial Fund is different to the Brian Clough Statue Fund, which no longer exists after successfully raising the money for Nottingham's incredible statue of Brian, which was unveiled by Mrs Clough in November, 2008.