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Final decision revealed on Sunderland plane banner by Newcastle fans after vote

4 years ago
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The planned Sunderland plane banner organised by Newcastle fans to fly over the Stadium of Light (the one organised by Sunderland fans a year ago pictured above), has attracted plenty of debate.

Everybody seemingly having an opinion as to whether it was a good idea or not but now it has reached a conclusion.

An online vote was arranged by main organiser Darren Curry and his fellow fundraisers, with four different banners up for the public to decide on.

Voting closed at 7pm on Sunday night and with thousand of votes cast the winner is…

UNITED BY CANCER DIVIDED BY LEAGUES

This came out on top by 2% ahead of second placed:

SMB ENJOY THE CHAMPIONSHIP WE DID

In case you missed what had happened so far, Darren and his friends came up with the idea for a banner and after donations quickly went beyond the original £960 needed to make it happen, it was quickly decided that the surplus was to be divided between Frankie Sherwood, Hope Feeney and Bradley Lowery, three brave local kids who are all battling cancer.

So every pound collected now goes to the kids/their appeals and is NOT paying for the banner.

Donations are still flooding in and Darren has confirmed that the total has now reached £4,700, with almost four grand going to good causes.

If any Newcastle fans did want to top up that amount for the kids, then the link is PayPal [email protected] and he can be mailed on this to arrange payment methods.

You can also visit Darren’s Facebook page HERE, there you will find further details on the banner to fly over the Stadium of Light AND how to donate.

(With Sunderland relegated ahead of schedule, Darren Curry and some pals paid separately themselves for a banner that was hung up at the Stadium of Light, featuring Ant and Dec, along with the wording ‘Mackems Get Ready To Crumble’ – you can see that HERE)

Last month writing on The Mag, Darren Curry explained about the Sunderland plane banner:

“There were 20 or 30 of us originally involved but thanks to social media it has gone a little bit crazy and after seeing the number of people donating, we then decided to make it so the banner will be voted for online with a few options.

Maybe celebrating our promotion or a fighting against Cancer themed one (‘Cancer has no colours’ etc), which I’ve agreed to talk to the parents of the children about nearer the time .

The final choice of ideas to vote on will be publicised in due course.

Without the banner we probably would have raised very little money but now we’ve collected so much, the banner seems almost irrelevant, but will still go ahead.

It’s a bit of fun without trouble and Sunderland fans as well as Boro supporters have donated – as I have a lot of my mates who work offshore.

A lot of people are seemingly against the idea of a banner but we are saying that without the banner there is no donation to the kids, as the banner was solely the reason people originally donated money.

We are having a laugh and also now the banner is long ago paid for, we are generating some cash that will help in some small way the three kids named above.

If any Newcastle fans did want to top up that amount for the kids, then the link is PayPal [email protected] and I can be mailed on this to arrange payment methods.”

You can also visit Darren’s Facebook page HERE, there you will find further details on the banner to fly over the Stadium of Light AND how to donate.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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