Mansfield defender John Dempster is to hand over £2,500 generated from sales of a book charting last season’s memorable Conference campaign to two charities at Saturday’s home clash with Morecambe.
Representatives of Nottingham City Hospital’s Prostate Cancer Appeal and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance will each collect £1,250 following the success of Stag Party: The Inside Story of Mansfield Town’s Promotion to the Football League.
The hardback book, which numbers more than 250 pages and includes a selection of stunning images, records the club’s remarkable 2012-13 season when Paul Cox’s team put together an amazing late run to take the Conference title ahead of Kidderminster.
Author Matt Halfpenny has been delighted with the response of the fans to the project and the fact that so much cash has been raised for two worthy local causes.
“It’s great that the record of such a fantastic period in the club’s history should be able to help others out in this way and I’m eternally grateful for the way supporters have got behind the book - to the benefit of charities that do so much good work in the community,” he said.
“Of the print run of 500, well over 400 have already been sold, but some are still available. It would make an ideal Christmas present for any fan who’s not yet got a copy.”
Proceeds from copies sold from hereon in will go to the Emma Stamp Charitable Trust, a charity named after the popular Ollerton Stags Supporters’ Club member, who sadly lost her life in a car crash.
The trust awards charitable grants to projects involving young people in the East Midlands to help them reach their full potential.
Matt added: “Having reached the initial target of £2,500 I had set, I wanted to widen the net to include Emma’s foundation because it’s another terrific and deserving cause.”
Remaining copies of Stag Party are available to purchase on-line or in the club shop at the One Call Stadium.