Brian McDermott backs Buscot fundraisers
November 12, 2012
Two loyal Royals fans got some premier league support for their hospital fundraising when Reading Football Club manager Brian McDermott took time out from the pitch to join them.
After both their newborn babies needed specialist care at Royal Berkshire Hospital, Tony Taylor, from Central Reading, and Dan Iremonger, from Tilehurst, decided to organise a charity race night to raise money for a travel incubator for the Buscot Ward.
Tony’s wife, Kelly, gave birth to their son Freddy on April 26, this year, and Dan’s partner Abi Eadie had daughter Lily on November 4, last year.
Both new dads were so impressed with the specialist attention given to their babies that they set off on a fundraising mission to thank the Buscot Ward staff for their valuable care.
And their Race Night Dinner held at Pincents Manor last Friday raised an impressive £8,609 through sponsorship, raffle and an auction of film premiere tickets and Liverpool FC memorabilia.
Mr McDermott did the honours and presented a cheque on behalf of the couples to the Buscot Ward nursing staff.
Mr Taylor said: “We decided to do the event as we felt we had to give something back to the people who saved our kids’ lives and especially as the majority of our friends and family will have their babies at the RBH. The nurses in the Buscot ward make miracles happen every day and we know this money will help them carry on saving babies lives.”
Mr Taylor thanked all the businesses that donated prizes.
If anybody wants to donate visit www.justgiving.com/BuscotRaceNight02-11-12