Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has thanked supporters who bid on this year’s Toy Appeal auction.
Forest fans raised thousands of pounds by purchasing a variety of items, the proceeds from which will be used to buy Christmas presents for children in the Queen’s Medical Centre.
And Al Hasawi declares his pride at supporters’ generosity in Saturday’s Fulham programme (£3).
‘The Toy Appeal is a proud Christmas tradition of this club, one which has been running for many years now, and it was brilliant to see our supporters club together once again to raise thousands of pounds for this lovely cause.
‘We also extend our immense gratitude to our friends at John Pye Auctions, who facilitated the bidding free of charge. Their continued support, both of the Toy Appeal and the club, is much appreciated.’
Al Hasawi also reiterates his commitment to young supporters after half-season tickets went on sale earlier this week.
‘I have continued my commitment to affordable pricing for our younger supporters, with half-season tickets working out at less than £4 per game for under 12s and £7 per game for under 18s,’ he writes.
‘In addition, the home match against MK Dons on Saturday 19 December will be a kids for a quid fixture.’
In celebration of the club’s 150th anniversary, the club will be producing retro programme covers for every match this season. This weekend’s cover art was originally used in the 1984-1985 season.
Inside, readers will find a feature interview with in-form forward Nelson Oliveira and Guardian journalist Danny Taylor’s column focusing on former Forest manager Dave Bassett.