A NEW bid to raise awareness of “The Silent Killer” will be made in Huddersfield on Boxing day.
And it’s got the support of Huddersfield Town, the Huddersfield Youth Opera and a brave, campaigning mum.
Stacey Rodgers, who lost her son Dominic to carbon monoxide poisoning, will take part in the campaign launch at Town’s Boxing Day game against Chesterfield at the Galpharm Stadium.
Huddersfield Youth Opera and the Dominic Rodgers Trust are combining forces in a series of events over the coming year to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning – and the match is the first one.
Huddersfield Youth Opera baritone Jamal Rahman will entertain the soccer crowd with Bizet’s Toreador’s Song from the ever popular opera, Carmen, and hopes the fans will join him in raising the roof.
Miss Rodgers, founder of the Dominic Rodgers Trust, will highlight the trust’s vital work in promoting carbon monoxide awareness.
Four carbon monoxide alarm manufacturers – Kidde, Ei Electronics, Honeywell and Sprue/FireAngel – and their trade association, CoGDEM, the Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring have sponsored the campaign.
Barry Sheerman MP chairman of Huddersfield Youth Opera, said: “Anyone who saw Jamal in the Youth Opera’s ‘guerrilla opera’ performances in St George’s Square over summer will know what a treat they’re in for.
“They’ll also know how innovative the youth opera is. I’m deeply proud that they are committed to using their profile to help raise awareness of important charities like the Dominic Rodgers Trust.”
After the death of her son in 2004, Miss Rodgers formed the Dominic Rodgers Trust. She has campaigned tirelessly in Huddersfield and nationally for greater awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning and a wider use of carbon monoxide alarms in peoples’ homes.
She said: “I am so moved by the support from Huddersfield Youth Opera and the generosity of the CoGDEM sponsors.
“The Boxing Day event gives me a great chance to tell everyone about our work.
“I’m a little nervous about speaking in front of so many people, but I hope the fans will give our cause a big festive cheer at the end – especially as Dominic was a big Town fan!”
Huddersfield Town’s Commercial Director, Sean Jarvis says: “Kidde, Ei Electronics, Honeywell and Sprue/FireAngel have done a great thing in supporting the HYO/Dominic Rodgers Trust partnership and we’re proud to dedicate the Boxing Day match to the cause.”