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Beattie Statue Collection Raises £6,488, Owner Evans to Double
Monday, 12th Aug 2019 18:55

Saturday’s bucket collection for the Kevin Beattie statue campaign outside Portman Road ahead of the 1-1 draw with Sunderland raised £6,488 which club owner Marcus Evans has pledged to double to £12,976.

The total raised by the Beat Goes On campaign is now around £10,000 away from reaching the figure required to build the statue, which will be sculpted by Blues season ticket holder Sean Hedges-Quinn and placed on Portman Road along from Beattie’s mentor Sir Bobby Robson towards Planet Blue.

Ipswich Town Supporters’ Club chairman Mark Ramsay, a member, of the Beat Goes On committee, who arranged Saturday’s collection, was delighted with the sum collected.

He said: “This is a tremendous achievement and the spirit and atmosphere in which the collection took place meant it was a pleasure to do.

“Supporters young and old have come together to assist us. We had no real idea how much had been contributed until a group of us emptied the buckets and counted it after the game on Saturday.

“My thanks go to all the Supporters’ Club committee that helped, along with a few friends and relatives. But most of all thank you to everyone who contributed, it should make you all immensely proud to be Ipswich Town supporters.”

Since the campaign was launched, just over £70,000 has been pledged in cash, while MC Contracts and Ridgeons are donating the plinth in kind.

Led by the EADT and Ipswich Star in conjunction with BBC Radio Suffolk and TWTD, The Beat Goes On was launched on December 18th last year on what would have been Beattie’s 65th birthday.

You can make a donation online via the Go Fund Me page or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Beat Goes On’ to Kevin Beattie Statue Appeal, EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS.

There are also collection buckets at reception at the EADT’s offices and at BBC Radio Suffolk.

You can find The Beat Goes On campaign website here. The Beat Goes On to Kevin Beattie Statue Appeal, EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS.

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linhdi added 19:02 - Aug 12
Wow! Well done, everyone who donated and all those who gave up their pre-match beers to collect! And also to Marcus Evans for matching the amount - many fans said they'd put more in, knowing it would be doubled... that statue will have been funded by thousands of fans.

Bluearmy_81 added 19:12 - Aug 12
Hero. Could we have a banner honouring Marcus for the SBR stand Blue Action?

jas0999 added 19:16 - Aug 12
Superb effort to raise that amount of money. Entirely right that Evans has matched it, but nonetheless he didn’t have to, so credit for the donation.

londontractorboy57 added 19:17 - Aug 12
All those that contributed well done in honour of a great man.

BrundallBlue added 19:25 - Aug 12
Considering the size of the crowd on Saturday I'm disappointed that we didn't raise double that amount. Well done to those who did make a contribution, though.

backwaywhen added 19:32 - Aug 12
Brundal blue I’m with you ... big crowd I dropped a fiver in and a mate gave a tenner , much more could have been given ... hey ho perhaps not enough buckets !

MurcianITCC added 19:41 - Aug 12
Looked out for buckets but saw none, I'll find the go fund me page. Beat deserves to be out there with the other 2 legends of Ipswich Town FC.

Gcon added 20:54 - Aug 12
Oh dear. I guess we can forget those 2-3 new players then. Evans has given the transfer budget to charity.

Saxonblue74 added 21:38 - Aug 12
Bluearmy 81, I guess you made a contribution on Saturday? Can't believe you can spin this into a negative!

MurcianITCC added 22:25 - Aug 12

ArnieM added 22:59 - Aug 12
Tbh I didn’t see my collection buckets outside the ground as I made my way the SBR stand at around 2.15pm on Saturday!

OwainG1992 added 08:24 - Aug 13
Just had a look at the gofundme.
Someone anonymously put 5 grand in the other day!
Great work.

itsonlyme added 13:48 - Aug 13
I did put £20 in the bucket and wished it could be more. Will never forget the great man what a player he was for ITFC. He has given me so many memories that I will cherish to my dying day.

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