A BLACK Cats expert has joined his beloved team’s charity foundation.
Martyn McFadden, who runs independent fanzine A Love Supreme, has been invited to join The Foundation of Light’s board of development.
Martyn will join new recruits Darren Williams, director of Harland Corporation Ltd; Ken Bremner, chief executive of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust; and Darren Richardson, director of PR firm Gardiner Richardson, in helping guide the foundation and make crucial decisions about the charity’s work and future projects.
Martyn said it was a surprise to be invited to join the board.
“I got the letter out of the blue. At first I thought it was something to do with my season ticket. I thought about it for about two seconds and realised it was a huge honour,” he said.
“I’m a big supporter of the foundation and all the work that it does and it’s a great opportunity for me to work in a different field.
“I think they wanted to forge more links with the fans and I’ve been running the fanzine for 23 years. I get letters every day from them telling me which players they like and think are playing well and I think they wanted some fan representation.”
Martyn sees his new role as a chance to continue the work of the foundation as well as raise more awareness about the charity and its work.
“I think it’s a matter of carrying on the great work that they do, and also it’s a charity. They need to raise money just to keep treading water,” he said.
“A lot of the time, on a day-to-day basis, the supporters are not as aware of the foundation, so I hope we can use A Love Supreme to help promote the charity amongst the fans and give people the information about it.”
Martyn will join current board members including Paul Callaghan, chairman of chairs at England’s Regional Development Agencies; Stacy Hall, managing director at Stacy Hall Associates Ltd; Fred Howie; and Gary Hutchinson, commercial director at SAFC.
Lesley Spuhler, Foundation of Light CEO, said: “The Development Board help enhance our fund-raising activities through their skills and expertise.
“Due to the current fund-raising environment we felt it necessary to fortify the Development Board, in line with our plans for growth, and are delighted that Ken Bremner, Martyn McFadden, Darren Richardson and Darren Williams have accepted our invitations.”