I've now turned off the donations.
I have contacted the organisers of the Split Festival and they have been advised to give their contribution directly to the charities for tax reasons. Thank you for all donations, no matter how big or small (and remember the suggested donation was only a fiver), this fund should really make a difference (and not just due to the money that has been raised).
I have asked for an invoice which will show all fees/charges and also the final amount to go to the charities (less the £200 for the flowers - let's not forget them!).
There is still a chance that SAFC will contribute the fees/charges so I'll keep everyone informed.
In reply to Ian Alexander Inman, the surplus money (less the £200 for the flowers) will be split 50/50 between the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle (at the request of the families).
Note that after the fund has closed I will produce a spreadsheet which will show exactly where all the money has gone (basically the total fund amount minus the website charges and flowers, and the 2 charities). Anyone can then contact me through this site and I'll email a copy.
Just heard of a fantastic gesture by the Split Music Festival. They've announced that for every ticket sold from no onwards they will donate £5 to the fund.
It's a brilliant local festival with some top bands so it's even more reason to get a ticket.
This means I will leave this page open until I return from my holidays (which are from 1st to 18th Aug) - burglars note that my brother-in-law will be staying at our house to look after the cat.
John Alders nephew Ritchard has asked me to post this:
Words cannot express our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone for their contributions and kind words, we are deeply humbled by the level of support and generosity shown by so many people at this difficult time.
John was a gentle, quiet man, who will be sorely missed by all of his family.
His passion for his team and football itself knew few limits. The fact that such a passion has united so many of you through your acts of kindness would no doubt have left him overwhelmed. We are certain though that he will be resting a little more peacefully in the knowledge that your generosity will be used for good, through the donation to local charities and good causes.
We may be Sunderland fans, who traditionally have deep rivalry with Newcastle, but there are things far more important than any football games. The incredibly sad news that has emerged this week about two Newcastle fans who have passed has left us all shocked and deeply saddened. Donating here will help pay for a floral tribute to those fans and to unity between the two clubs. Any extra money will be donated to a charity that has yet to be decided. Thank you for your time, effort and donations. RIP to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were both far too young
This is made on behalf of the Yellow Fever, fans of the Wellington Phoenix Football Club, in Wellington New Zealand. After we heard that Liam and John had been tragically lost on their way to support Newcastle United in New Zealand we started a collection. As one person commented "No one deserves to not come home from a football match."
The thread in the yellow fever forum where the collection was discussed is here: http://www.yellowfever.co.nz/categories/wellington-phoenix-discussion/topics/yellow-fever-collection-for-john-alder-and-liam-sweeny-memorial-fund
Speaking as some one who has Sunderland, Newcastle and Manchester United fans in their family, opinions regarding football can be quite vocal at times! I am proud to say that on this very sad occasion, those 'rivalries' have been set aside.
For John & Liam, God Bless. xx
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