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RAY KENNEDY NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS
The Ray of Hope appeal 26 February 2008

300 passionate Redmen, the European Cup, and a fully stocked bar all under one roof: nights out really don't get much better than this.
The Ray of Hope Appeal launch night in favour of Ray Kennedy and the Parkinson's Disease Society was held in the Bob Paisley suite on Saturday 23rd February after the Middlesbrough match, and proved to be a huge success.

Reds came from far and wide to attend with all sections of Liverpool's fanbase represented – old school, new school, Scouse, Irish, Scandinavian, young and old – and all there to pledge their support to one of our very finest players.

The appeal started up just under a month ago, and, prior to Saturday evening, had raised in the order of just under £10,000. Saturday night had been some weeks in the planning and was intended to be one of our flagship fundraising events for the appeal.

In all honesty, the trustees of the appeal didn't quite know what to expect when planning the night but we ended literally overwhelmed by the support shown and by people's enduring love and respect for Ray. Then again, with the passion Liverpool fans have for their club, maybe we shouldn't have been surprised.

The day had started a few hours earlier as a bucket collection was organised around the Anfield pubs before the game. This was a great success as it seemed pretty much everyone approached knew about the appeal (and about Ray's situation) and close to £1000 was raised in under an hour prior to kick off. Thanks to everyone who helped out and to the HJC for assisting with the co-ordination and logistics of it all.

The evening itself began as doors opened at 8pm, and people poured in to have their photo taken with the European Cup at a fiver a time. (Tip for anyone who has to listen to a Man U fan going on about them winning their treble in 1999 in future – just show them your photo from the night holding old big ears and remind the trophy they won in 1999 is all ours now). Alan Kennedy had kindly agreed to attend as host and took the mic from 9pm and introduced the running order to the evening.

Alan then spoke very movingly about his memories of playing with Ray and paid tribute to what a key component Ray was in Liverpool's golden era. Alan also told the story of the time he made his Reds debut at Anfield in the 2-1 league victory over QPR. Suffering from debut nerves, it didn't go well. Alan nearly scored an own goal and played very poorly. At half time he walked in to the dressing room, naively looking for some support from Bob Paisley. He didn't get it, as Bob shot him a withering look and murmered darkly that "they shot the wrong bloody Kennedy!!". Our thanks to Alan for attending the evening and giving willingly of his time. He stuck around for a good few hours afterwards and made sure he had a word and a moment for everyone. Top man.

The party then kicked off in earnest with a great acoustic set from James Walsh of Starsailor, who rattled out a few tunes before moving onto Liverpool classics including a quite brilliant improvised Mascherano / White Stripes tribute. Great stuff.

Liz McLarnon took the stage later in the evening and was every bit as talented and lovely as she appears on tv. She was wearing a blue top, but, given the exceptionally kind way in which Liz gave up her time we can forgive her the one little Evertonian fashion faux pas.

And whilst we're handing out bouquets, a big thanks to John, Kevin, Tom and Paul on the events side who helped us set the night up – you lads have been nothing short of magnificent.

The night ended with a resounding You'll Never Walk Alone as everyone started to make their way home. It's nights like this which make you hugely proud to be a Red and it's brilliant to see how many Reds are willing to engage and get behind something which is bang in the spirit of what Liverpool FC should be about.

If you were there, helped out, bought something at the auction, treated yourself to a nice new pair of trainers, threw into the buckets or if you've donated to the appeal otherwise – thank you. We hoped you enjoyed it every bit as much as we did and we will confirm the monies raised in due course – but it's looking very good indeed.

Ray was there for us, and we will be there for him.

Next stop for the appeal – the 92 football league grounds in April. Alternatively, if you're in Newry on St Patrick's Day, the Coleraine branch of the supporters' club are holding a benefit night for Ray and the appeal. Please log onto raotl.co.uk for details.

A paypal account has been set up for online donations – please pay all donations to [email protected]. Alternatively, please pay direct contributions to the Ray of Hope Appeal c/o HSBC account 21817299 sort-code 40-03-27. Paying direct or doing a bank transfer will avoid paypal commission.
 

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A special thanks to Bob and Retroreds who donated a huge amount of signed items and are the one official dealer of signed Liverpool memorabilia online and offer a huge range of shirts, photos and other items signed by some of our greatest players. Without Bob’s support, we wouldn’t have had a fraction of the stuff to sell that we did. Pay Retroreds a visit on www.retroreds.co.uk and see if there’s something that takes your fancy.

http://www.retroreds.co.uk/1.html

Some details also on this link.
 

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Tales From The Travelling Kop

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Being released to coincide with the official start of Liverpool's coronation as European Captial of Culture, Tales From The Travelling Kop is a compilation of supporters' experiences at Liverpool away games over the past four decades.

Six European Cup finals, two FA Cup finals, one UEFA Cup final, two league title clinchers, one League Cup final and several other stories about some of the most memorable games from Liverpool's illustrious past including the 1st Division decider against Wolves at Molynewux in 1976, the club's first European Cup triumph in 1977 and many more.

Available from the Walton Breck Road website on Saturday 12th January 2008 with all proceeds from the sale of the book going to the Parkinson's Disease Society and the Ray of Hope Appeal, set up to help former Red Ray Kennedy who is battling Parkinson's.

Tales From The Travelling Kop costs £18 and is a must for any Red.

http://www.lulu.com/content/1350480


http://onthekop.com/forum/index.php/topic,5693.0.html
 

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Thanks for the info and hopefully this can help people to contribute. If I go into town tomorrow, I'll try and pop into HSBC.

Its really depressing how Ray has had to face such hardships post-retirement and having to resort to selling the prizes and possessions which are un-quantifiable in sentimental value. Its so fvking annoying that whilst English football has endured an economic boom, players who were part of raising that profile live in such hardship lives, out of no fault of there own. This raises the question, why does our esteemed club not help out its past players or even raise a trust or such to make sure any past players who face hardship can be assisted in some way.

It makes you sick, thinking that a lynch like Rick Parry who has not contributed anywhere near hwat Ray did for Liverpool, is living it large of Liverpool money and his £500k payout from G+H, yet past legends who made the trophy room and our history what it is today, live in poverish conditions.
 
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