Nic Cruwys' Future Football Fund
West Midlands Police said the 44-year-old travelling fan was on his way from Molineux to Wolverhampton train station when he was assaulted and suffered a serious head injury.
Those responsible should be absolutely ashamed. As a Wolves fan myself, I feel absolutely disgusted by their actions and want to wish Nick a full and speedy recovery. As a token of goodwill and to restore the community's faith in football, I would like everyone to show that the majority speaks much louder than the cowards that attacked Nick. Therefore, I would like to start a collection that will hopefully fund Nick's supporting of Watford for the next few years, to try and atone for what happened yesterday afternoon.
With it now being just over five months since Nic was attacked, I thought it seemed an appropriate time to provide an update. I apologise for not being able to post more regular updates, but with an investigation and court case ongoing, it can be difficult to find the right words without potentially harming either of those. Once again, I would like to issue a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in this fund for Nic, as it has been great for him and his family in providing stability at what must have been the toughest time of their lives.
As goes Nic's condition, he is making very good progress. He's is now having speech and occupational therapy as he tries to regain a normal life. Nic now lives at home with his wife and two children after months of treatment in various different hospitals. It is hoped that Nic will be able to return to work at some stage, but it is not yet known whether this will be possible, given the nature of his injuries.
Early last week, Nic appeared on Sky Sports News, where he was presented two Watford season tickets by Club Captain, Troy Deeney; a special touch by Watford FC. Despite what has happened, Nic doesn't waver in his support of the hornets and travelled to Everton for the first game of the season, where Watford came home with a 2-2 draw. On the same day as this Television appearance, I'm pleased to say that six people were charged in connection with the attack, which pleases the family, following the hard work of the police over the past months.
With the donations understandably slowing down over the close season, it's given me an opportunity to start going back through everything and all the contributions people have made along the way. There are way too many people to thank (so I apologise if I have missed you out), but I would just like to highlight a few people who have made an outstanding contribution in my eyes:
Firstly, I would like to thank the Golden Lion Pub, who have raised in excess of £1,500 for Nic, following their fundraising event held for him. I would also like to thank everyone at 'Cinnamon Square' in Rickmansworth, following the sale of their '#fornicforpromotion' cupcakes which raised an incredible £600! A special mention must as well go to 12-year-old Casey Evans, who remarkably raised over £200 by selling loom bands outside Vicarage Road! We should also show our gratitude to BT Sports Pundit, Jake Humphrey, who's persistence in sharing the page as well as CCTV evidence of the attackers via social media will have gone a long way to raising this money for Nic, whilst also spreading awareness of the investigation.
Last, but by no means least, I would like to thank all of Nic's family; his wife, Jodie and brother, Chris especially. At a time when they will have undoubtedly been going through unbelievable pain, they have been incredible to me, in providing updates on Nic's condition and allowing me to post these on the page. It also goes without saying just how thankful we all are of Watford FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC for all they have done to support Nic and his family through this period, as well as helping out with the fund and the investigation into the incident.
Thanks again. You're all incredible!
I thought, with it being almost three weeks since my last post, it was necessary to provide people with something of an update. As goes Nic's condition, he is currently 'serious, but stable' and has been moved out of intensive care into a specialist care unit. I think everyone will join me in saying that all of our thoughts and prayers are with Nic and his family at what must have been an impossible last month or so.
Once again, I'd like to say a huge thank you to all who have been (and continue to be) involved in this campaign for Nic. The support it has received has gone beyond any expectations I could've had. All the money raised will go a long way to helping Nic and his family try and recover, over the coming weeks, months and possibly longer. As well as this, the vast numbers of supportive messages will have done a huge amount to help the family through the past month and for that, they are incredibly grateful.
As goes future fundraising, I believe there are quite a few things still going on and being planned, which is good to hear. I know there is a big fundraiser being held at The Golden Lion Pub, in Watford on Sunday (12th). Here is what they have said about the event:
'All of the staff at the Golden Lion are local to Watford and this is something we all hold close to our hearts, Nic is one of our own and we want to host a day that will help him and his family in a time of need. We will have live music from Denis Cook and guests from 3pm onwards, a BBQ (weather permitting). Plus, an auction - we have some amazing prizes under wraps, details to be revealed shortly. So please join us for a day of good food, good music and good company all in the name of an amazing cause!'
Since this post, there have been a number of prize reveals that will hopefully encourage an even stronger turnout. Up for auction will be: A Signed Chelsea FC Football (2014/15), A Signed Watford FC Football, A Signed Tottenham Hotspur Pennant and 4 Tickets to go and see Watford vs Birmingham on Saturday 18th April. I'd like to think as many people as possible will turn up on Sunday and show their support for Nic, hopefully leading to us raising a good sum of money for Nic. Thank you all again!
We're all praying for you Nic x
Just another quick update, as it's been a number of days since my last one. Not able to say too much with regard to Nic's condition, so as far as I'm aware, he is still stable but critical. All of our thoughts and prayers will be focused towards Nic and his family in the coming days and weeks.
On Saturday, I got the chance to meet a number of Nic's close family, which was really nice. As I've said over Twitter, they are honestly the most genuinely lovely family you could hope to meet. As well as this, I got the chance to speak on the pitch and help further publicise the cause, which was a good experience.
I'd like to say once again a huge thanks to everyone who has been involved in this campaign. I've seen comments that have almost brought a tear to my eye, so I can't help but think it's been a huge help for Nic's family being able to read all your kind comments at this immensely difficult time.
We're all praying for you Nic x
Here is an update from Nick's brother, Chris: 'I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of the kind words, prayers, support and concerns that have been sent through facebook for my brother. Thank you everyone, it's truley overwhelming. Nic is critically ill and fighting for his life, we are taking positivity from every hour that passes without deterioration. We all hope that Nic has the strength to battle through this and when he awakens that he has retained all or at least some of the personality that makes him Nic, a husband, a dad, a son, a brother and an uncle or simply Moo. Thank you again everyone, your support is appreciated x
So pleased Nick is making progress in his recovery. Hopefully justice will be done through the courts to bring these people who did this dreadful crime on an innocent man through cold blooded violence will get a sentence they deserve. Lock them up and throw away the key. They attacked a family man who only wanted to watch a football match. Thankfully not all people who live in Wolverhampton are of the same breed as these violent evil individuals that committed this ferocious attack. Well done Ollie for all that you have done for Nick. My thoughts are with Nick and his family for a happy outcome on a long road to recovery xxx
Glad to hear nick cruws is making good progress , however small it may be . He is a lucky man , so lets hope justice is done when courts deal with it .
hi, is there any update on Nic's condition, thanks
They did it for you Nic :)
#fornicforpromotion ....... hope you are getting better Nic and that Watford's promotion to the Premiership today will help you on your road to recovery. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Have a speedy recovery Nic and I hope those who did this get punished!!
As we know nics long road to recovery is underway and the spirit within him will shine thru. So often it is forgotten how football is a family and maybe we now can remember this not only in tragedy but in celebration too. As a lifelong Watford fan I salute you Nic and send this message to you and your loved ones. They cannot beat you. Your strength will overcome this while their lives remain empty and meaningless. Lets get you back to the Vic where you can feel the love we all feel for you and your family
Thank you for the update, the support being shown is incredible, my thoughts are with Nic and his family.
Update most welcome..theres some great work going on with this Fund, a BIG well done to the 'workers'. Keep fighting Mr Nic-they'll need you at the stadium next season if they make the top league !!(or actually even if they dont)
I hope u get better very soon
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32133366 It appears Nic has been moved out of intensive care which can only be good. Love to Nic and his family.
Is there any news on Nic's condition? Been updating page every day for some good news.
Thank you Karen Hawkes x x
So lovely to see so much support and encouragement toward Nic and his family!! Just a quick reminder that a charity day is being held on Sunday 12th April at The Golden Lion pub, Watford!! Starting at 3pm, live music, familiar faces and already loads of prizes donated towards an auction/raffle!! Please come down and join myself and all the staff to show your support!! Every little helps!! The more the merrier!! X
Jo, I just found this article dated Monday and updated yesterday http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/11873471 A Queen Elizabeth Hospital representative confirmed: “He is in a stable and comfortable condition. “He is still in critical care but he is in a stable condition, but at the moment, he is stable and comfortable.” I hope this is still the situation. Love to Nic and family.
I have heard that Nick has.passed away, please confirm this is not true x.
Just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you Nic and all your family at this time. I am also a big Watford FC fan and i know that the entire WFC family are all thinking and praying for you. Get well soon Nic and hope to see you back at the Vic very soon.
Pam and I are coming to see you next week Nic. I may wear my Luton Shirt that should get you up and moving. We still say a prayer for you son. xx