9316010-largeNottingham Forest vs Derby County is one of British football’s most fiercely contested rivalries, but the recent fixture saw the chance for fans from both teams to unite as one to raise money for charity.

Lisa Howard, a pastoral manager for Alfreton Grange Arts College, is a self-confessed Derby County super fan, following her beloved team all over the country for home and away games (she even has a private number plate for her car spelling out RAM).  Lisa was challenged by her Anti Bullying ambassador Julia Day to carry out the unthinkable, wearing a Nottingham Forest shirt at one of the most important games of the season, Derby vs Forest.

Both Lisa and Julia are part of The Diana Award Anti Bullying programme at the school and even though she described it as “the hardest thing” she has been asked to do she knew it would be an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of anti-bullying and raise some money for the great charity.

The Diana Award helps to train and advise young people about bullying to help reduce it in schools and the wider community.

On wearing the Forest shirt on the day, Lisa said “The support shown at the match was amazing, most people thought I was very brave to do it. I was sat right next to the home dug out, so got some strange looks from the players, as they were shocked I even did the challenge as they know how passionate I am about DCFC”.

Lisa’s efforts caught the eye of John Pye Auctions, who made a contribution on her Just Giving page to help reach the goal of £500. With supporters of both teams amongst their staff, MD and lifelong Forest fan Adam Pye said “It was an incredibly brave thing to do, there is a fierce rivalry between Forest and Derby, but you can put these differences on the back burner to support a great cause like the Diana Award”. John Pye Auctions Operations Director and Derby fan Paul Longson said “There is always banter between me and the Forest fans in the company but that’s all it is, anything more shouldn’t be tolerated, whether it’s in the office, playground or anywhere else”.

There is still time to visit Lisa’s Just Giving page and make a donation, just visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Lisa-Howard2/

Image courtesy of Derby Telegraph, original article: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Derby-County-fanatic-Lisa-Howard-dons-hated/story-25849094-detail/story.html