Football fans raise money for hospice in response to Sheffield United banner

Sheffield football fans are raising money for charity in response to a fundraising page by a Sheffield United fan to fly a banner over the Hillsborough stadium.

The Go Fund Me page, started by Wednesday fan James Lindsay, has raised £3,865 for St Luke’s Hospice as of today in an effort to prove “charity means more than rivalry.”

Sheffield United’s return to the Premier League was confirmed last weekend after Leeds drew with Aston Villa.

To celebrate, one United fan started raising money to have a banner fly over the Hillsborough stadium to taunt their rivals during their last game of the season.

The £780 target was reached, with further money raised being donated to The Children’s Hospital.

In response to raising the money, a message on the page said: “We’re there! Massive thanks to everyone who has contributed.

“This gofundme is staying open till 12pm Saturday so anymore donations over the required amount will go to the Children’s Hospital.

“Please continue to donate, you’ll still be part of the fund paying for the plane as well as donating to a worthy cause too. UTB.”

It was announced today that the message on the banner will be “MIND THE GAP…THE CITY IS OURS!”

Some Wednesday fans are not happy with the plane flying over Hillsborough

In response to the banner, Wednesdayite James Lindsay decided to start his own fundraising page to raise £750 for St Luke’s Hospice.

The page smashed its target, raising £800 in two hours.

After reaching his target Mr Lindsay wrote: “Now that we’ve hit the target (which is amazing!) let’s push on and try to get as much as possible.

“Even if youre not a wednesdayite, support a good cause and prove. 

“We’re All Sheffield Aren’t We!!”

Is the banner just a bit of harmless fun?

Despite an improvement in form since appointing Steve Bruce as manager, Wednesday failed to reach the playoffs this season.

Although the prospect of a Steel City derby seems unlikely next season, bar the rivals drawing each other in a cup game, Wednesday fans can look forward to playing recently promoted Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.