GRIMSBY Town fans have raised an astonishing £100,000 as part of the Operation Promotion campaign led by supporters’ group the Mariners Trust.
Fans have clubbed together to raise the six-figure sum in just eight weeks – and just in the nick of time with less than 24 hours of the campaign remaining.
Managing Director and owner of Grimsby-based electrical contractors Eurolec Services Ltd, Paul Wright, made a £3,000 donation last night (FRI) to take the fundraising campaign past the £100,000 barrier.
The donation – the single biggest amount pledged by one group – follows on from a flurry of donations in the last seven days which has seen thousands of pounds pledged to the club via crowdfunding website www.crowdfunder.co.uk
This includes a further donation from the club’s latest squad member, Andrew Newman, who had earlier paid £2,500 to be registered as a Mariners player for the 2016/17 season.
Donations have come in from Mariners supporters from all over the world – including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China and the USA.
Peter Savage, of Eurolec, said: “Operation Promotion has been the talk of the town and the support from supporters has been incredible. As a business about to celebrate our 25th anniversary we wanted to mark the occasion and felt this was a fantastic way to do it. As a local business, and as supporters of the football club, we wanted to do our bit. And with the Mariners Trust so close to achieving their target we felt it was only right to push the grand total past the £100,000 landmark.”
The Mariners Trust started their campaign eight weeks ago with the aim of raising £20,000. Lee and Sue Mullen, now on the Board at Grimsby Town, offered to match the amount raised to a maximum of £20,000, with the Trust adding £5,000 themselves. But more than 3,500 individual donations have been made by almost 2,000 supporters, boosting Paul Hurst’s coffers by five times the original target.
Dave Roberts, of the Mariners Trust, said: “We are very grateful to Eurolec for their donation which has taken Operation Promotion passed the £100,000 mark. It is an incredible achievement and we are very grateful to every supporter for all of their donations over the past eight weeks. It goes to prove Grimsby Town supporters really are the best around and we can’t wait to get the season underway.”
As part of the Operation Promotion campaign the Mariners Trust have re-designed the iconic inflatable Harry Haddock and almost 1,000 have already been sold. The ‘new’ Harrys are expected to be available in October and a designated ‘Harry’s Home’ match will be announced shortly.