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Liam Henderson Tribute Football Match Appeal 2004

The 2005 Match and Events At Wick

11 August 04
Letter From the Henderson & Swanson Families

May we, through your column state that, we the Henderson and Swanson families cannot begin to express our gratitude for the love, help, support and encouragement we have received not only on the 31st July but continuously over the past 8 months. To date our fundraising effort stands at over £21,000. A figure that has exceeded our wildest expectations. Thanks seems such an inadequate word so perhaps Liam’s favourite term “Quality” is more appropriate.
To name you all individually would fill at least an entire page of this publication and we would surely unintentionally omit someone therefore we simply wish to say “You know who you are and our heartfelt thanks goes to each and everyone of you. Nothing will ever take away the pain and hurt of losing Liam but having friends like yourselves helps us to make it through each day.
“Good will triumph over Evil”
The Henderson & Swanson Families
Wick, Australia, Inverness, Shetland, Aberdeen & Trinidad

9 August 04
Winners Of the Liam Henderson Raffle

Silent Auction Successful Bidders

12 July 04
The Liam Henderson Memorial; Football Match and Raffle Just Keeps Growing

The prize list continues to grow as more businesses and individuals send in donations.  Raffle ticket sales are going well as over £5000 has been banked already.  If you have not got tickets yet check the list of places selling tickets.  there are still a couple of weeks left to go and the draw will take place at the end of July.  Therer are also more prizes added to the Silent Auction to take place on 31 July. Bids can be sent in by email to Janice Henderson j.c.h@btinternet.com  

25 June 04
Safeways Staff In Wick Raise More Cash For Liam Henderson Memorial Fund
Staff at Safeways store in Wick raised £660 from their bottle stall to boost the fast growing total of the Liam Henderson Memorial Fund.  Staff also sold tickets for the raffle being held in connection with the tribute football match being played at the end of July.  Tickets for the raffle are available in several outlets in Wick and Thurso.  Staff at the Safeways store contributed all of the bottles themselves.  Several customers who did not buy tickets left donations.  the staff would like to thank all who contributed to make the stall so successful.


24 June 04
Prize List Just Keeps Growing

The raffle prize list just keeps getting longer as generous folk from all over the world send in prizes.  In fact so many are coming in and yet more are promised that a Silent auction will be held for some of the items now coming in.   After much deliberation we have decided that due to the sheer volume of & specialist nature of some of the donations (offers are still coming in) that we are going to go hold the silent auction - on the evening of the 31st July. Bids can be placed personally or on line (for those folk unable to come to Newmachar) to j.c.h@btinternet.com

8 June 04
Where Can You Get A Raffle Ticket?
Ronnie Fraser - D R Simpson's Newsagents
MacAllan's Wick & Thurso
Thomas Mackay's
Streaks Ahead Hairdresser's
The Groat Office
Notion's Hairdresser's
Sinclair Windows
Ashley Ann Thurso
Nethercliffe Hotel
The East End Boys club also took 1000 tickets
Janice Henderson

7 June 04
Prizes and Donations Still Flowing In

More prizes have been  added to the growing list.

22 May 2004
Prizes Continue To Pour In For Liam Henderson Tribute Raffle

The Raffle being in run in conjunction with the football tribute match is growing fast.  The prize list looks like being one of the biggest ever for raffle in Wick and that is saying something.  More prizes are coming in almost every day.  Watch out for tickets on sale and grab them while you can.  All proceeds will be split between East end Boys Club, Wick and the Newmacher Colts reflecting Liam's love of football

22 May 2004
31st July 2004 is the date for the tribute football match at Newmacher.  A warm invitation to be with us on that day is extended to anyone who wishes to travel to Newmachar.  (Accommodation can be arranged – please contact us). 

12 May 04
Liam Henderson Tribute Football Match Raffle         Prizes Donated To Date

The raffle to be held at the same time as the tribute football match in Aberdeen has already received massive response from Caithness and elsewhere.  The raffle to be drawn in July already must be one of the biggest raffles ever raised in Caithness.  Donations are pouring in to Mr and Mrs Henderson.  The money raised will be divided between East end Boys Club, Wick and  the Newmacher Colts based in the small village outside Aberdeen where Liam had chosen to live and reflecting his passion for football.  There is still plenty of time to donate a prize or make a donation to the fund.  McAllans who have agreed to display the raffle prizes nearer the draw are going to need a much bigger window.

12 May 04
Special Hotel Rates for Caithness Folk Attending The Tribute Match In Aberdeen

Grant Wright of the Newmachar hotel has managed to negotiate a special rate at The Thistle Aberdeen Airport hotel for anyone  wishing to attend the memorial match.  Bookings must be made through Letty & the Liam Henderson Memorial match must be mentioned at the time the booking is made.

Weekend 30/31st July, 2004
£20 per person/per night sharing twin room - inclusive of Breakfast
Bookings should be made directly with Letty in the Reservations Department on Aberdeen 01224 725252.

Janice & John Henderson
103 Henrietta Street
Tel: 01955603633
Mob: 07712648875

To Whom It May Concern

Date: 03/04/04

Liam Henderson’s Tribute Football Match Appeal

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are writing to you to request some practical support for the above game. As you may be aware our youngest son Liam was tragically killed on the15th November 2003 in the Toryglen area of Glasgow. He was making his way to the Scotland V Holland game that day. 

Liam, an ardent member of the Tartan Army regularly supported the Scottish team at home & abroad, was just 23 years old and had graduated in July 2003 from Robert Gordon’s University Aberdeen with a degree in computer science. He had secured employment with Grampian NHS in their IT dept upgrading their computer systems and had settled in Newmacher – a small village 9 miles north of Aberdeen. His death was the result of the senseless actions of a moron who deliberately drove his car into a crowd of supporters as they made their way to Hampden.

As we are determined to do something in Liam's memory we are arranging an annual charity football game - Wick (Liam’s home town) V Newmacher (his adopted home). This year the game will be held in Newmacher on the 31st July 2004. Caithness Glass has donated the trophy. This is where we require your support. We intend running a raffle (to be drawn after the match) & we would be really grateful if you could provide us with an item that we could use as a prize.  Our local newspaper the “Groat” is paying to have the tickets printed & numerous other local businesses have also provided prizes. Aberdeen, Celtic & Rangers have already donated signed shirts & footballs. An internet appeal by the Secretary of the North American Rangers Supporters Association has generated a fantastic response of supporter club footballs, polo shirts, T shirts and caps.  McAllan’s has also agreed to display the trophy & various raffle items in the weeks running up to the game.

All proceeds from the game & raffle will be shared equally between the East End boy’s football team here in Wick, and the Newmacher Colts.

Your support, by providing a donation, would be greatly appreciated.

 Yours truly,

Janice & John Henderson