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Newcastle fans hang quality Ant and Dec banner at Sunderland Stadium of Light

4 years ago

With Sunderland relegated ahead of schedule, Newcastle fans have hung a banner up at the Stadium of Light.

The banner (see below) features Ant and Dec, along with the wording ‘Mackems Get Ready To Crumble’.

This initiative has been paid for by Darren Curry and his mates.

They are the Newcastle fans who also started fundraising for a plane banner to fly over the Stadium of Light but which has ended up turning into a real charity fundraiser.

Donations quickly went way past the £960 needed to do the plane banner idea and all money raised on top of that will go to charitable causes.

That total has now passed £4,300 and the surplus is to be divided between Frankie Sherwood, Hope Feeney and Bradley Lowery, three brave local kids who are all battling cancer.

Last month writing on The Mag, Darren Curry explained:

“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 & the chance to vote on which banner to fly over the Stadium of Light AND how to donate.

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