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Bradford City fans raise more than £8,000 for Burns Unit

Bradford City fans raised more than £8,000 for the Bradford Burns Unit before last weekend's final home match against Barnsley, it has been revealed.

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A total of £8,700.20 was donated to the appeal by various City fan groups. The final figure includes several bucket collections.

Together with our friends from Barnsley Football Club, whom we also thank from the bottom of our hearts, you have donated an incredible £8700.20 towards this year's appeal; more than three times the amount we normally expect to receive. Approaching £4,000 was raised in notes alone! Someone put in their personal cheque for £25. Others brought money from their own collections. What a response!

– Bradford City statement

Collectors included people from Friends of Bradford City, Bantams DO (the newly formed organisation for fans with disabilities), Bradford Disability Football Club, The Supporters Board and the Trust.

The club says that two fans made their way from Scotland to give their help before taking their place in the stadium for the one minute's silence.

There was also support from firemen from White Watch at the Bradford Station and Bradford University who provided the buckets, tea-shirts and placards.


Tributes at Valley Parade for Bradford City fire victims

Football matches across the country fell silent today to pay tribute to the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire 30 years ago.

England manager Roy Hodgson led tributes at Valley Parade where a minute's silence was held before their final home game of the season. Meanwhile Bradford's kit man John Duckworth and his friends arrived at the stadium completing their seventy-three mile walk from Lincoln.They took on the challenge to raise money for Bradford City's Burns unit appeal.


Charity single to raise cash for the Bradford Burns Unit

A special charity single is set to be released next week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster and to raise funds for the Bradford Burns Unit, which was founded in the wake of the tragedy.

The song - Everywhere We Go - is the brainchild of City's orthopaedic surgeon Steve Bollen, who plays with a Harrogate-based band 'Never 2 Late'.

The single includes radio commentary from the Bantams' memorable FA Cup run this season, with the chorus sung by the crowd and recorded at last month's League 1 match against Fleetwood Town at Valley Parade.

The song - which also features members of City's first team squad - will be played ahead of the Bantams' final home game of the season against Barnsley on Saturday, when there'll also be a minute's silence to remember the 56 fans who died in the tragedy on May 11, 1985.

It's due for full release on Tuesday 28th April, priced at just 99p, and it can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

Former Bradford detective dismisses 'deliberate' Bradford fire claims

A former detective who investigated the Bradford City fire disaster has told ITV Calendar that its wrong to suggest it was anything other than an accident.

Raymond Falconer interviewed the supporter whose dropped cigarette sparked the tragedy in which 56 fans died.

He says it is sad that a controversial new book is pointing at the possibility it may have been caused deliberately:

More calls for Bradford City fire investigation

There have been more calls for an investigation into the cause of the Valley Parade stadium fire.

It comes after allegations this week that the then chairman of the club was linked to a number of other businesses which had been damaged by fires.

But one of the detectives who investigated the blaze has told Calendar that, 30 years after the disaster which killed 56 people, he is still certain it was an accident.

Chris Dawkes reports:

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