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Mapperley & Arnold Rotary team up with former Nottingham Forest Keeper Alan Hill and author Craig Bromfield to raise £3k for charity

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The Mapperley & Arnold Rotary is well known for their amazing Christmas sleigh tours however their fundraising carries on throughout the year.

They have just raised another £3000 for a local charity through a Q & A ‘conversation’ on stage between Author, Craig Bromfield and former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper, Alan Hill with Rotarian David Houlden posing the questions.

The event, organised by Mapperley and Arnold Rotary was held on Wednesday, March 22 at The Space on Arboretum Street to primarily raise funds for local Gedling borough-based charity, Positively Empowered Kids.

Craig recounted his memories of his truly unique experience of being taken in to live with the Clough family in Quarndon many miles from his home near Sunderland. From the age of 13, he spent 9 years having a front-row seat of one of the greatest football club managers of all time.

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Pictured: President Andrew Mason pictured with Jackie Wilson and Claire Clements from Positively Empowered Kids. (Courtesy of Mapperley and Arnold Rotary)

Based on his memoir, Be good, love Brian – which was a runner-up for the William Hill sports book of the year – Craig spoke really fondly and appreciatively of his amazing life with Brian and his family and the Forest players; a very far cry from his life which had previously been one living in poverty and domestic strife in Sunderland. 

This was soundly complemented by the memories of Alan Hill, a former Forest goalkeeper, who later became Cloughie’s right-hand man during this period of time.

Pictured (L-R): Alan Hill, Jackie Wilson, Craig Bromfield, Claire Clements, Andrew Mason, David Houlden. (PHOTO: Mapperley and Arnold Rotary)

Both gentlemen gave their time to attend the event at no cost and Craig donated 30 personally signed copies of his book which were all snapped up during the interval. 

A Mapperley and Arnold Rotary spokesperson said “A fabulous framed montage signed by Brian Clough and pop-art framed photographs, kindly donated by the Hill family, boosted the profits for the evening which will help local ‘good causes’ over the coming year.

“We were especially delighted to present a cheque for £3000 to our main charitable cause which supports young children, and parents as necessary, in their mental wellbeing”

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Positively Empowered Kids are a multi award-winning Community Interest Company educating, inspiring and empowering the next generation to discover ways to grow positive mental health and wellbeing. Further details can be found on their website www.positivelyempoweredkids.co.uk.

Further information about Mapperley and Arnold Rotary can be found on their facebook page here.

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