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BANTAMS ATTEND DARBY RIMMER MND FOUNDATION LAUNCH EVENT

26 October 2019

Gary Bowyer, his City squad, staff and club representatives were present for the launch of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation - at Anfield - this week. 

The charity has been set up by City legend and former Liverpool FC defender Stephen Darby, alongside close friend Chris Rimmer. 

The pair suffer from motor neurone disease, a condition affecting the brain and nerves, with Darby having been diagnosed in September 2018, and Rimmer more than five years ago. 

Held at the home of the Reds on Thursday (October 24), the event saw former team-mates of Darby and friends and associates of the pair present to celebrate the launch. 

Bowyer was invited on stage to discuss the club's support for Darby, Rimmer and the charity, with his players and other staff members and club representatives appearing. 

The Bantams hosted Liverpool in a pre-season friendly on July 14 this year, with the occassion held in aid of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, raising more than £275,000.

The shorts of the Bantams' 2019/20 away strip bear the logo of the charity, reinforcing the support the club shows through its official partnership with the foundation. 

City's home fixture against Swindon Town - who also support the charity - this month, was also held in aid of the foundation, with proceeds from bucket collections donated. 

Away from the Utilita Energy Stadium, charity walks 'Distance for Darbs' and 'Steps 4 Stephen' have seen more money and awareness raised for the foundation. 

A City 'History Maker', Darby said: "It was a proud day for myself, (Chris) Rimmer and everyone involved in setting the foundation up.

"A lot of hard work has gone into it and I am just proud to be sat here having got it officially launched. 

"Chris has been an absolute inspiration for me. He has been on a very tough battle over the past five years and was there to reach out to me, straight away, offering his support and advice.

"We both want to try and make a difference and do everything we can to help, which led us here, with the foundation. 

"The support from everyone has been fantastic. Together, we want to push on and help those battling and living with motor neurone disease, now and in the future."


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