Forest legends score hit at fundraising bash

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NOTTINGHAM Forest Football Club legends John McGovern and Kenny Burns have played their parts in helping a Bulwell man’s ambitious charity challenge.

Dave Martin is aiming to raise £5,000 in just three months for Guide Dogs For The Blind.

Brian Clough’s European Cup-winning skipper McGovern and uncompromising defender Burns delighted a supportive audience with a fun-packed double act in which they shared ‘fantastic memories’ of their footballing careers.

The ‘Audience With McGovern And Burns Evening’ took place at the Queen’s Head pub in Watnall, courtesy of supportive licensees John and Amanda Males, who have played a big part in helping Mr Martin with his fund-raising efforts.

The ex-Reds pair pulled no punches as they reeled off story after story relating to their time under Clough and Peter Taylor, providing fun and fond memories of Forest’s greatest exploits.

A sale of soccer memorabilia, the signing of autographs and a sale of McGovern’s book, ‘From Bo’ness To The Bernabeu’, plus guide dog souvenirs helped to boost Mr Martin’s cause.

When Mr Martin lost his wife, Mavis, to throat cancer in June, he vowed to raise £2,500 towards naming a guide dog in her memory.

That achieved, he then set about raising a further £2,500 so that a guide dog puppy named Mavis could receive 20 months of training before being passed on to a blind person.

Paying tribute to his daughter, Sandra, and son-in-law, Gary Edwards, who live in Hucknall, Mr Martin said: “They have been magnificent. They have gone the extra mile in order for me to fulfil my wishes and have left no stone unturned in helping this great charity.”

Mr Martin was himself registered blind in 2000 after suffering a retinal bleed. Since then he has relied heavily on his ‘best pal’, guide dog Dale, a four-legged friend who has given his master a new lease of life.

Currently in the UK alone, more than 4,500 blind and partially-sighted people are guide dog owners whose lives have been enriched by help from the Guide Dogs For The Blind charity.

Anyone wishing to donate cash to help Mr Martin’s cause can phone him on 0115 9750961.

n OUR PHOTO shows Dave (centre) with McGovern (left) and Burns at the fundraiser (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)