Northampton Town’s supporters trust to discuss how to spend £62,000 raised through emergency appeal

Members of NorthamptonTown's supporters trust handing out leaflets outside Sixfields Stadium. The trust raised more than �62,000 through a fundraising appeal - now it needs to decide how it is spent.

Members of NorthamptonTown's supporters trust handing out leaflets outside Sixfields Stadium. The trust raised more than �62,000 through a fundraising appeal - now it needs to decide how it is spent.

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Discussions over how Northampton Town’s supporters’ trust will spend the £62,000 fund raised by fans during the recent crisis at Sixfields will take place on Thursday.

The incredible total saw more than £40,000 raised through an online appeal with more than 1,000 individual donations made, some giving as much as £250 to the cause.

Michael Bones pledged to donate a bowl of 'pho' - a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish - to children in the country for every �3 donation handed to the Northampton Town supporters' trust campaign.

Michael Bones pledged to donate a bowl of 'pho' - a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish - to children in the country for every �3 donation handed to the Northampton Town supporters' trust campaign.

Money poured in from supporters of clubs around the country and saw fundraising efforts stretch from Duston to Vietnam.

Three bucket collections held outside Sixfields and during the Cobblers FA Cup tie at Coventry City raised a further £12,000.

The fund was originally set up by trust board member Kevin Simons in October, and aimed to help the trust pay for the expensive legal bills associated with negotiating share position, fighting legal battles in court or helping it to set up a phoenix club in the event Northampton Town was dissolved.

Although last week’s buyout by former Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas has avoided the club going into administration or being wound up, Mr Simons said the trust may still need to use the money for legal bills in the future.

Volunteers hand out bowls of food in Vietnam. One was handed out for each Cobblers fan who donated to the trust's funsdraising appeal using the Food Pho Three tagline. 2PtWthTNasTyzbM1h_uA

Volunteers hand out bowls of food in Vietnam. One was handed out for each Cobblers fan who donated to the trust's funsdraising appeal using the Food Pho Three tagline. 2PtWthTNasTyzbM1h_uA

But he said the trust will discuss a range of options for spending the money at a board meeting on Thursday night.

Mr Simons said: “The trust will consider all the options for how best to use the funds in conjunction with further discussions with Kelvin Thomas.

“He may have specific needs, wishes, or objectives where he can see the trust playing a part.”

However Mr Simons said the fundraising appeal went better than he could have imagined.

Of those dedicating money to the cause, landlady of the Melbourne Arms in Duston, Lou Hill pledged £1,500 of a community award she received from her parent company.

Michael Bones, a Cobblers fan living in Vietnam, raised £1,335 by pledging to hand out a bowl of nutritious food to the needy of Ho Chi Minh City for every time someone made a £3 donation to the trust’s Just Giving appeal marked with the words “Food Pho Three.”

Mr Bones handed out more than 300 bowls of food earlier this month, one for each donation, and wrote the name of the donor on each bowl.

Interim director of the trust, Stuart Taylor thanked fans for their fundraising endeavours and said the money will be put to good use. In previous years trust money has been used to refurbish Carr’s Bar in the West Stand and help install flatscreen televisions in the concourse.

“We are aware that we have got a relatively large sum of money,” Mr Taylor said.

“We want to do something with it that really benefits everybody.

“We take our responsibility very seriously and we are going to have a good thrashing around of ideas on Thursday.”