ORGANISERS have expressed their delight at the early response to a fund-raising dinner taking place at the George Hotel later this month.
Super League clubs Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos have joined forces to stage a dinner and auction in aid of seriously injured RL players Danny Scott and Matt King on Sunday, June 27.
The event, which has been arranged in conjunction with 1895 International, will aim to boost the trust funds that have been established on each of the young players' behalf.
Scott suffered a serious neck injury during the game between Moldgreen and Sowerby Spartans in January, while Matt suffered a similar injury playing for the Broncos Academy against Halifax in April.
Both clubs have called on supporters to throw their full weight behind this fundraising initiative and they admit the early response has been positive.
Said Giants chief executive Ralph Rimmer: "I'd like to call upon the people of Huddersfield and the rugby league community as a whole to throw their weight behind this initiative.
"Danny's accident was a tragedy both for rugby league and for sport as a whole, and I would expect the people of Huddersfield to get behind any similar type of charity - regardless of how and where such an injury was sustained.
"London are also making massive strides, having suffered a similar tragedy involving one of their young players, Matt King.
"It's heartening that our two clubs have been able to come together in this manner in support of such an important cause, and the level of initial interest in the event is also very encouraging."
London have already staged a number of fundraising initiatives on King's behalf and Broncos development manager Phil Jones, who is co-ordinating the club's efforts, was equally enthusiastic about the way the two clubs had come together.
He said: "I think it's very significant that the two clubs are working together on this event, and I think it's a great reflection on our sport the way in which everyone pulls together in times of crisis.
"Matt and his family have been absolutely astonished by the level of support they have been shown by people who they've never even met before.
"They've been overwhelmed by the way everybody has rallied behind Matt."
Tickets for the event, which will take place before the Giants Super League clash with the Broncos (5.30), are available from Phil Jones (Broncos RLFC: 0208 2321564, 0781 3360796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Moldgreen's Jill Sykes (Huddersfield: 01484 548865 email email@example.com).