Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos have joined forces in order to stage a fundraising dinner and auction in aid of seriously injured rugby league players Danny Scott and Matt King at Huddersfield?s historic George Hotel on Sunday 27 June.
The event, which has been arranged in conjunction with 1895 International, will aim to boost the trust funds that have been established on each of the young players? behalf.
Danny suffered a serious neck injury during an amateur rugby league game between Moldgreen and Sowerby Spartans in January, whilst Matt suffered a similar injury whilst playing for London Broncos Academy in a game against Halifax RLFC on April 4 this year.
Both clubs have called upon their supporters to throw their full weight behind this fundraising initiative and there are hopes that the event at the George Hotel could be the catalyst of a more permanent appeal on behalf of players who suffer serious injuries.
Huddersfield Giants chief executive Ralph Rimmer commented: ?I?d like to call upon the people of Huddersfield and the rugby league community as a whole to throw their weight behind this initiative.
?Danny?s accident was a tragedy both for rugby league and for sport as a whole, and I would expect the people of Huddersfield to get behind any similar type of charity ? regardless of how and where such an injury was sustained.
?London are also making massive strides, having suffered a similar tragedy involving one of their young players, Matt King, and it?s heartening that our two clubs have been able to come together in this manner in support of such an important cause.?
London have already staged a number of fundraising initiatives on Matt?s behalf and Broncos development manager Phil Jones, who is coordinating the club?s efforts, was equally enthusiastic about the way the two clubs had come together.
He said: ?I think it?s very significant that the two clubs are working together on this event, and I think it?s a great reflection on our sport the way in which everyone pulls together in times of crisis.
?Matt and his family have been absolutely astonished by the level of support that they have been shown by people who they?ve never even met before. Playing for London, you can be a little detached from the rest of the rugby league community, but they?ve been overwhelmed by the way everybody has rallied behind Matt.?
Tickets for the event, which will take place prior to the Super League round 16 fixture between Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos (kick off 1730hrs), will be available from Phil Jones (London Broncos RLFC: 0208 2321564, 0781 3360796 or email [email protected]) or Jill Sykes (Huddersfield: 01484 548865 email [email protected]).