THE grateful organisers of a year-long appeal in aid of the Bradford Burns Unit have thanked every single person who helped raise a “magnificent” £304,000.

The target of the appeal, which was organised as part of the 30th anniversary commemoration of the Valley Parade fire disaster, was £300,000.

Now, thanks to the generosity of fans and well-wishers worldwide, the unit can plan ahead for the coming years.

Ajay Mahajan, director of the burns unit, said: “It has been a great year for us. We have always been supported by the Bantams over the years, but this past year has seen an increased support for us - as is clearly reflected by the magnificent amount that has been raised.


“These generously donated funds will help secure future of the unit for years to come.

“We are also looking forward to increase our research activity with confidence and are looking at appointing more research fellows.

“We have always aimed to put Bradford on the international map for research in plastic surgery and I am very glad that we have been able to do this with the help of the support of not only the people of Bradford but also support from various quarters across the nation and beyond our shores.”

Alan Carling, chairman of the remembrance panel on Bradford City Supporters’ Board, said: “I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all whose fundraising efforts have made this achievement possible. The appeal now enters a new phase, and new projects are coming forward to consolidate this progress, and to continue the fundraising campaign.

“As always, the unit depends entirely on public donations to exist as a lasting tribute to those who suffered in 1985.”

Rachel Thorpe, of Bradford City Community Foundation, said: “The amount raised by these people is incredible and will support the unit going forward.”

James Mason, chief operating officer at City, said: “To achieve this magnificent total demonstrates the unique bond the supporters and people of Bradford City have with the unit. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated and hope they can understand just how important their generosity is.”