New stretch target
Now we have raised more than the minimum £20,000, we aim to raise as much money as possible for Paul Hurst's transfer kitty. The next target is to hit £80,000.
Help the Mariners Trust raise £20,000 to improve Paul Hurst's transfer kitty ahead of the 2015/16 football season.
About the project
YOU'VE DONE IT!
On Saturday, 25 July - the final day of the campaign - we finally passed the £100,000 mark. This was made up of approximately £74,000 worth of contributions from this page and a further £26,000 worth of contributions (net - with costs and expenses taken off) from other sources, including the Mullen family, the Mariners Trust and local business Eurolec Services Ltd.
You can read more about reaching this target here: http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/100-000-figure-raised-Grimsby-Town-fans-Operation/story-27478654-detail/story.html
The Mariners Trust launched Operation Promotion on 1 June with the aim of boosting Paul Hurst’s transfer kitty for next season. The plan was to raise £20,000 in eight weeks with all proceeds raised added into Hurst’s existing budget for the Mariners’ 2015/16 Conference assault. The intention was for this money to be used to fund a new, key player for next season.
Within just a few hours of the launch, we'd managed to meet our £20,000 target. By the end of day 1, we'd raised £25,000 - and that didn't include the extra cash promised by the Trust or the Mullen family.
By the end of day 3 we'd hit £34,000. And by the end of the first week we homed in on £40,000. After two and a half weeks we'd nailed £50,000.
Our efforts attracted some fantastic media coverage. We've made the Grimsby Telegraph, Cleethorpes Chronicle, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Look North, BBC.co.uk and the Non League Paper. We were even featured on Talksport Radio and Colin Murray was so impressed he featured our plight in The Metro.
We have a number of 'rewards' available for people - so you can either choose to donate to the cause or you can purchase an item. Please note - all monies are held until the campaign is complete. Once completed the Trust receives the funds. The campaign lasts 60 days and no item will be available until the campaign is completed. You will be contacted at the beginning of August with details on how to claim your pledge.
All money raised goes into Paul Hurst's transfer kitty. This is with the exception of any fees which Crowdfunder.co.uk charge us (approx 6 per cent) and the cost of making or purchasing any of the rewards (such as the t-shirts and mugs).
We will be updating with new rewards throughout the campaign. You will be able to collect any items from the club shop for free once the campaign is fully funded. Postage in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area is also included. Postage to other areas may cost more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
'This Town Knows' t-shirt! Limited edition and comes in size S-XXXL. Only £20 whilst stocks last!
What People Have Said About The Campaign
"An unbelievable achievement to raise that sort of money in less than a week!" - Colin Murray, Talksport Radio"Nothing should surprise us about our brilliant supporters, but this is frankly unbelievable." - John Fenty, Grimsby Town Director"I just donated! Love to see the supporters rallying like that!" - Adam Richman, Man vs Food TV Presenter
What The Fans Have Said About The Campaign
"I moved to Grimsby three years ago but never got round to watching a game, my first one was the semi final second leg against Eastleigh at blundell park, both sets of fans were great there but the trip to Wembley sold me, the town fans are incredible and this just goes to prove it. I have donated, I'm sure I will again in the coming weeks and I can't wait to get my hands on a season ticket next week and become a part of this incredible football club. UTFM!" - LFC2907
"Truly amazing effort by town fans to raise so much so soon - shows how desperate for a return to the Football League we are and how much belief there is that this time we can make it. C'mon Town!" - Toon
"This donation is for my mum who is responsible for both mine and my brothers love of town, along with our cousins and her friends children..! Despite us having not lived in Grimsby for over two decades we will forever continue supporting Town! UTMM!" - AlisonTFarell
"This donation is on behalf of my grandson Bailey Smith, aged 5. Helping to build a future so he can enjoy watching the Mariners as he grows up. UTM" - Tradjazz
"This contribution comes from my Dad, Dick Daly, a Town fan for over 60years, and he's proud to be supporting such a fantastic campaign. UTM" - Mrjondude
"I'm 7 years old & have put £2 of my pocket money in to help Town get promotion next season.UTM" - Adam
"Last season's finale was heart breaking and no Town fan wants to experience that ever again, that's why this is such a great idea. Pleased to be playing my part towards #OperationPromotion and have a very good feeling about the upcoming season. UTM!" - Jonnynoods
(Main image courtesy of the Grimsby Telegraph)