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Organisers of Sunday?s fundraising dinner and auction in aid of seriously injured rugby league players Matt King and Danny Scott have expressed their delight after the event attracted a full house to Huddersfield?s George Hotel.
The special event was arranged by 1895 International, in conjunction with London Broncos and Huddersfield Giants, in order to support the trust funds that have been set up on behalf of the injured duo, and attracted an impressive guest list including Huddersfield chairman Ken Davy, Broncos CEO Nick Cartwright, Huddersfield?s Australian star Julian Bailey and Sky Sports presenter Angela Powers.
Amongst an array of quality items up for auction were signed playing shirts from Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, and York City Knights, an Irish Wolfhounds Victory Cup shirt and two specially produced shirts provided by London Broncos and Huddersfield Giants. In addition, a number of grassroots clubs also provided goods to be auctioned, including Peterlee Pumas, New Earswick All Blacks and Wolverhampton Wizards.
1895 spokesman Tony Kenny commented: ?The response we?ve received has been nothing short of staggering. To be able to stage a sell-out event and attract the support of clubs across the rugby league family is a great testament to the spirit that still exists within our game. This spirit was perfectly embodied by West Craven Warriors, who wrote to inform us that they did not produce any replica shirts, so instead enclosed a very generous donation to the fund. It?s people like this who really do make rugby league ?the greatest game.?
?It was an honour to be able to welcome members of Danny and Matt?s families into the George Hotel today and heartwarming to witness so many people rallying behind what is a most worthy of causes. Hopefully this event can provide the catalyst for a permanent fund being set up on behalf of other players who are seriously injured whilst playing rugby league.?
Anyone still wishing to make further donations to the fund, should contact either Phil Jones (London Broncos RLFC: 0208 2321564, 0781 3360796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Sykes (Huddersfield: 01484 548865 email email@example.com).