Worthy Wall Winners Announced
Derby County Community Trust are thrilled to announce the ten Rams Heroes who have been successful in gaining a winning space on our 1884 Wall, thanks to nominations from their friends and family.
The competition to recognise special Rams fans ran over the period of last week, and after reading your submissions, we have ten Rams Heroes who will all feature in a special space on the wall, which will be unveiled in early 2022.
Lisa Rutter (Nominated by Danny Rutter)
Lisa is a palliative care nurse for Treetops Hospice who has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to care for end of life patients. She is totally selfless, and having two of our own children with SEND needs we have used the Sensory Room ourselves, and it was amazing for our boys.
John Dolman (Nominated by Clair Dolman)
John sadly lost his father last Christmas, then continued to have an extremely difficult 2021, as he went on to lose his wife to Covid-19 this September. This also meant he had to sell their house due to circumstances beyond his control. As a lifelong season ticket holder, this would be a little something to put a smile back on his face.
Dan Hardy (nominated by Sue Hardy)
Dan is a dedicated home and away Derby fan, who never lets his disability get int he way of his ability! As well as following the Rams, he is part of our Cerebral Palsy squad who has represented England at under 21 level, been an ambassador for mental health and continues to work and study alongside his football.
Harison Milward (Nominated by StephANIE MILWARD)
Harison is part of our TIPs programme and loves playing football alongside other sports, including cricket at county level. he had a really difficult time through lockdown as he really missed this routine, and now being able to do all the things he loves again, especially going to Pride Park, has made such a difference. it would make his year to see his name on the wall with his Grandad's!
Danny Rutter (nominated by Lisa Garland)
Danny works for Derby City Council as a Welfare Support Officer and has supported hundreds of vulnerable families in Derby, from helping them with gas and electric payments all the the way through to clothing. He is also a huge help to anyone who is struggling with their mental health as he genuinely listens and cares to help people out of some of their darkest places.
Fred parkes (Nominated by Kevin Pakres)
At 84, Fred never misses a Derby game, going to watch his beloved Rams without fail. He can often be found asking, 'What are they singing Sam?' as some of the more modern football chants still elude him!
Archie Hadfield (nominated by Leigh Hadfield)
Archie is a 13-year-old cadet who has walked 80 miles in four days to fundraise for the RAF Benevolent Fund. He's raised over £2,000 to date which is an incredible achievement, as he lives with ADHD and mental health struggles himself, but he really wanted to help other families and has been able to do just that through his fundraising.
Mark Simpkin (nominated by Samantha Smith)
Mark is a huge Derby County fan who has volunteered his time throughout the pandemic to take elderly people for their vaccinations through his minibus company, as well as becoming a delivery driver for Sainsbury's. not only this, but as it's his 50th birthday in January, I think this would be one of the best presents he could think of!
Clive Lawrence (nominated by Kulwinder Sidhu)
Clive is an amazing, caring individual who has kept so many special schools going throughout the pandemic. After leaving local school St Giles after seven years, he is now Director of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) with East Midlands and East of England-based Greenwood Academies Trust which supports disadvantaged pupils across 37 academies.
Steve Bradshaw (Nominated by Simon Carnall)
Steve was the first ever community officer at Derby County Football Club and was instrumental in starting the old Football in the Community back in 1995. Steve sadly passed away two weeks ago, and there is no one more fitting to be recognised on the first ever 1884 Wall.
Our well-deserved winners' names will be displayed proudly on The 1884 Wall, which will be erected in January. Fans will be able to see it before the first home league game of 2022, when the Rams take on Sheffield United.
Anyone wishing to purchase a space for themselves or a loved one can do so until 31st December, by following the link below.