Let’s put the blogging about Duncan Oldham and Koptalk to one side for a moment. Instead let’s spare a thought for Michael Shields and his family, still separated from each other after all of this time. A campaign to try and bring Michael Home was started recently, but it’s an expensive business. However, as it says in the email below, if everyone who went to our next home game donated just £1 there’d nearly be enough money raised to bring Michael home. If you’ve saved yourself 20 or 30 quid on your next renewal for the Insider after reading this blog, why not donate a fiver of it to Michael’s cause?
This email has come from those behind the campaigns on Michael’s behalf. You may have seen it elsewhere, it went out to most LFC sites tonight along with us.
Dear LFC Website Admin/Editor,
You will probably be aware of Michael Shields, the young Liverpool fan imprisoned in Bulgaria. Michael has exhausted all the routes open to him via the Bulgarian justice system and the only hope he has of overturning his conviction is via an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
In the meantime the priority is to get Michael back to England, to do this Michael’s family have to raise money to pay the largest fine in Bulgarian history. Obviously as an ordinairy working class family they’re struggling to do this. To help them Councillor Joe Anderson has launched the ‘Bring him home’ appeal fund. The details are below:
Account no 02499003
sort code 309511
You can donate over the counter at Lloyds/TSB** or send a cheque to the campaign office:
Michael Shields Jr
3 Holland Place
Phone: 0151 260 7165
LFC have kindly allowed Michael’s supporters to collect money from Liverpool fans at the West Ham game. We’d be grateful if you could let your members know this. We know that money may be scarce but if all our fans could donate just a pound we’d be well on the way to getting Michael back in the UK. Thanks for any help you can give.
Also, there’s a benefit night for Michael on the 25th August at the Devonshire Hotel on Edge Lane. There’ll be live music including Neville Skelly, raffles, prize draws, LFC memorabilia etc. It starts at 8pm
Phone: 0151 260 7165
There’s some more information too –
This is from JonnyMack of RAOTL, you may already have had a copy in which case please ignore:
from the Free Michael Shields Campaign.
The club have kindly agreed to let us INSIDE the ground to ask for donations, on the afternoon of the first home game.
Through one individual’s persistance and dogged determination to get things done, there was a meeting yesterday with Rick Parry and Ged Poynton.
The club are showing real support for Michael and his family, by allowing this to take place within the ground, so hats off to them.
We NEED at least 60 volunteers to make this happen. Hopefully, this will be run with near military style precision. The volunteers are needed to collect cash INSIDE Anfield on Sat. 26th (West Ham – 12:45pm kick off).
Please be aware that you’ll miss most of the first half (if not all of it) and you will have to be INSIDE the ground at around 11am/11.30am – so you won’t be on the ale.
Please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help out or post here:
Anyone kind enough to help will have 2 buckets, will stay at their turnstile until 10/15 mins. after KO, then take the buckets to be counted, ready for the Securicor pick up.
Also can anyone help in obtaining authentic charity buckets? We need at least 120, so any help would be much appreciated.
Please leave contact details if you’re willing to help.
Could those of you who go on other LFC independant sites copy this post please.
More info. to follow,
If you feel you can help in any way then please do. If you’ve any ideas of raising more money for this campaign then let people know – either on this blog as a comment, directly to me by email, on the RAOTL thread linked to above, directly to the people behind the campaign. You can also try supporting the campaign on other LFC forums too.
Imagine the joy for Michael’s family, especially his mum, if they could at least visit him in England. It’s a long way short of ideal but so much better than what the family are going through now.