Without our donors – kind-hearted individuals who put their time, resources and efforts into raising funds to support Ukraine – our work would not be possible. 

Today, we would like to thank The Murray Watson Trust for their contribution to BKC of £1500 to help vulnerable children of Ukraine. A charity football match for the Murray Watson Trust was organised on August 21, with all the players and supporters contributing to the campaign. The Trust also supported BKC with a generous donation of £1000 earlier this year. 

The Trust was set up in honour of Murray Watson. Murray, unfortunately, passed away on the 13th of August 2013, aged only 19, following a battle with a rare and aggressive type of brain tumour. Murray loved his football and was an avid fan of Newcastle United.

In his memory, Murray’s parents, Kenny and Nicola Watsons, and his friends held a Charity Football Tournament at Guiseley AFC on August 20, 2022, to raise funds for The Trust. 

In recent months/years, The Trust has helped many worthy causes: 

Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire charity.

A Power wheelchair football tournament in Leeds bringing together c100 wheelchair-bound footballers from across the North of England

A number of individuals & their families have also benefited from a MAM (make a memory) award – these allow terminally ill children and young adults to make a special memory with their family and friends.

The work that has been done by The Trust is truly remarkable, and we are very grateful for their support in this difficult time. 

We wanted to share here a powerful message from Kenny Watson: 

‘This year, in light of the horrendous situation in Ukraine, we wanted to stand with and support Bright Kids Charity based in Kyiv who are still managing to get essential aid parcels to vulnerable/disabled children where it has not been possible to evacuate them to a place of relative safety.

Over 200 people came down, showed their support, made it another fantastic day and allowed us remember Murray by continuing to raise money for the wonderful causes he would have been proud to support.’ 


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