SMB Tribute to 2 NUFC Lads RIP

£33,618 of £100 goal

Raised by 3,060 people in 25 months
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

Read more: http://www.readytogo.net/smb/threads/floral-tribute-for-the-newcastle-lads.943399/page-13#ixzz37rX8QJ3p
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Update 10
23 months ago
Unfortunately SAFC couldn't make up the money lost to the charges so I've now sent the money to the charities. Breakdown is as follows:

Fund money after charges and minus the £200 for flowers - £30,318.96

Donation (direct to me) from Roger at the SMB forum - £99.04

Total for the 2 charities - £30,418

Therefore each charity has received £15,209.

Thank you to everyone who has donated, it's been emotional :) This is a fantastic tribute to John and Liam, and to all football fans throughout the world and especially here in the North East.

I will post on here the invoice emails from the charities when I get them.
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Update 9
23 months ago
I've had a reply which shows that £30,318.96 (remember the £200 flowers) will now be split between the 2 charities (assuming SAFC don't pay the charges/fees)

Hello Gary,

Thanks for reaching out to GoFundMe. I'm happy to lend a hand with this. Here is a breakdown of your donations with your fees applied:

Total Amount Raised £33,618.00
GoFundMe (5%) £1,680.40
Stripe Fees (2.4% + 20p) £1,418.64
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Total Fees £3,099.04
Balance Available £30,518.96

Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with today.

Thanks,

Meghan

We're here to help! I'll try my best to respond within 5 minutes during normal business hours.

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Update 8
23 months ago
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.

Thanks a lot
Gary

FTM (apparently it stands for Fergy the Mag)
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Update 7
24 months ago
Thank you for the recent donations. I'm keeping the fund open until we get the money from the Split Festival and then I'll put a final update on here.
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Alistair Murray
17 months ago
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Gary if your still monitoring this,could private message me please thanks Alistair

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Gary Ferguson
15 months ago

Hi Alistair, what's up? I can't seem to PM you.

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Barbara Wilkinson
24 months ago

rest in his final resting place.

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Barbara Wilkinson
24 months ago

Pleased to hear that John's body has now been identified at least it now means that his family can put him to

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Lionel Toon
25 months ago

I'm not usually in agreement with politicians but no way should Russia host 2018 now. That would be a travesty of justice. I don't care wherever else it is held but to hold it in Russia would be a travesty of justice and unforgivable. From a Villa fan. God bless again boys.

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Steve Poad
25 months ago

Over £32k raised, fantastic well done to everybody Mags, Mackems and others. Gary you deserve some sort of recognition for this amazing achievement maybe an MBE or Knighthood. Thanks from a lifelong Mags, massive respect to all Sunderland fans . Let's hope this is end to all the trouble between the fan of the 2 clubs. Thankyou

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Phil Dunn
25 months ago

Stephen sorry

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Phil Dunn
25 months ago

Steven patterson, the government will pay to get them home, and a seperate fund has been set up for the funerals mate

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Stephen Patterson
25 months ago

Buy....

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Stephen Patterson
25 months ago

When did you last but travel insurance?? Frequent travellers should check their existing insurance policies to see if they cover acts of terrorism or war. The Star had previously reported that the basic travel insurance policies most airlines offer to passengers do not provide cover for acts of war and terrorism. However, many personal travel or life insurance policies are now providing terrorism coverage, given its rise as a global threat. In general, an act of terrorism is considered to be any act by person or group committed for political, religious, ideological or similar purposes that puts the public at risk of injury or death. These acts might or might not include the use of nuclear, chemical or biological substances or weapons. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/does-your-insurance-policy-cover-acts-terrorism-20140721#sthash.ICd5Goul.dpuf

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Penshaw Mong
25 months ago

Re Stephen Patterson...thats what travel insurance is for.

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Stephen Patterson
25 months ago

Do you think it would be prudent to hold onto the funds in case they are needed to get the lads back home to the UK. This could end up being an expensive exercise. Let's think about charitable donations once the lads are properly laid to rest.

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Arty Hume
25 months ago

This gesture just gets better and better, what a tribute to John and Liam and a special than you to organiser Gary Ferguson ( Hero ). Yes I am a lifelong Newcastle supporter and proud of it.

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Matt McGranaghan
25 months ago

Total respect to Sunderland fans snd all other fans wjo understand totally what these guys felt for their club

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David Forster
25 months ago

A horrible tragic way to unite us, but SAFC fans have been a class act throughout all this, rivalries have been cast aside in tribute to Liam and John, well done Sunderland...complete respect for you for this gesture...from a Darlington fan

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Willem du Toit
25 months ago

http://gogetfunding.com/project/in-memory-of-the-aids-activists-of-flight-mh17

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James Chapman
25 months ago

Great to see so much raised exceeded all expectations RIP lads

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Arty Hume
25 months ago

I just hope the feeling generated by both sets of fans can continue from this point on, rivalry yes, hatred NO! R.I.P lads.

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Paul Brooke
25 months ago

when i seen sunderland walk out at wembley was the proudest day of my life being a mackem and i can say this has definitely topped it so proud to see 2 clubs stand in unity even with fierce rivalry and to see the donations and the comments is some of the upmost respect i have seen. RIP gentleman

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Simon Dalton
25 months ago

I was starting to despair about the level of bitterness between NUFC and SAFC fans but what you've done here and what people have written here has made me think I was wrong to do that. I hope the families of these two lads can take some comfort from the fact that some good that has come from their tragedy

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£33,618 of £100 goal

Raised by 3,060 people in 25 months
Created July 18, 2014
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Brandon Clarke
24 months ago

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

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£25
Anonymous
24 months ago
JC
£5
Jonny Carss
24 months ago

RIP lads!

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AR
£10
Anita Rowell
24 months ago
CK
£150
Carol Kidner
24 months ago

From Middlesbrough Official Supporters Club, a collection was made at our meeting tonight. R.I.P.

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GM
£5
Graeme McMurray
24 months ago
DW
£50
Dave Wilson
24 months ago

A tragic loss.

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KS
£5
Karen Searle
24 months ago
LL
£20
Lesley Lines
24 months ago

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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£100
Anonymous
24 months ago
Alistair Murray
17 months ago
1
1

Gary if your still monitoring this,could private message me please thanks Alistair

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Gary Ferguson
15 months ago

Hi Alistair, what's up? I can't seem to PM you.

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Barbara Wilkinson
24 months ago

rest in his final resting place.

+ Read More
Barbara Wilkinson
24 months ago

Pleased to hear that John's body has now been identified at least it now means that his family can put him to

+ Read More
Lionel Toon
25 months ago

I'm not usually in agreement with politicians but no way should Russia host 2018 now. That would be a travesty of justice. I don't care wherever else it is held but to hold it in Russia would be a travesty of justice and unforgivable. From a Villa fan. God bless again boys.

+ Read More
Steve Poad
25 months ago

Over £32k raised, fantastic well done to everybody Mags, Mackems and others. Gary you deserve some sort of recognition for this amazing achievement maybe an MBE or Knighthood. Thanks from a lifelong Mags, massive respect to all Sunderland fans . Let's hope this is end to all the trouble between the fan of the 2 clubs. Thankyou

+ Read More
Phil Dunn
25 months ago

Stephen sorry

+ Read More
Phil Dunn
25 months ago

Steven patterson, the government will pay to get them home, and a seperate fund has been set up for the funerals mate

+ Read More
Stephen Patterson
25 months ago

Buy....

+ Read More
Stephen Patterson
25 months ago

When did you last but travel insurance?? Frequent travellers should check their existing insurance policies to see if they cover acts of terrorism or war. The Star had previously reported that the basic travel insurance policies most airlines offer to passengers do not provide cover for acts of war and terrorism. However, many personal travel or life insurance policies are now providing terrorism coverage, given its rise as a global threat. In general, an act of terrorism is considered to be any act by person or group committed for political, religious, ideological or similar purposes that puts the public at risk of injury or death. These acts might or might not include the use of nuclear, chemical or biological substances or weapons. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/does-your-insurance-policy-cover-acts-terrorism-20140721#sthash.ICd5Goul.dpuf

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Penshaw Mong
25 months ago

Re Stephen Patterson...thats what travel insurance is for.

+ Read More
Stephen Patterson
25 months ago

Do you think it would be prudent to hold onto the funds in case they are needed to get the lads back home to the UK. This could end up being an expensive exercise. Let's think about charitable donations once the lads are properly laid to rest.

+ Read More
Arty Hume
25 months ago

This gesture just gets better and better, what a tribute to John and Liam and a special than you to organiser Gary Ferguson ( Hero ). Yes I am a lifelong Newcastle supporter and proud of it.

+ Read More
Matt McGranaghan
25 months ago

Total respect to Sunderland fans snd all other fans wjo understand totally what these guys felt for their club

+ Read More
David Forster
25 months ago

A horrible tragic way to unite us, but SAFC fans have been a class act throughout all this, rivalries have been cast aside in tribute to Liam and John, well done Sunderland...complete respect for you for this gesture...from a Darlington fan

+ Read More
Willem du Toit
25 months ago

http://gogetfunding.com/project/in-memory-of-the-aids-activists-of-flight-mh17

+ Read More
James Chapman
25 months ago

Great to see so much raised exceeded all expectations RIP lads

+ Read More
Arty Hume
25 months ago

I just hope the feeling generated by both sets of fans can continue from this point on, rivalry yes, hatred NO! R.I.P lads.

+ Read More
Paul Brooke
25 months ago

when i seen sunderland walk out at wembley was the proudest day of my life being a mackem and i can say this has definitely topped it so proud to see 2 clubs stand in unity even with fierce rivalry and to see the donations and the comments is some of the upmost respect i have seen. RIP gentleman

+ Read More
Simon Dalton
25 months ago

I was starting to despair about the level of bitterness between NUFC and SAFC fans but what you've done here and what people have written here has made me think I was wrong to do that. I hope the families of these two lads can take some comfort from the fact that some good that has come from their tragedy

+ Read More
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