Sheffield Wednesday are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong supporter and charity fundraiser Julian Batty.
Julian, aged just 38, passed away this week following a short illness.
The keen cyclist was a major player in backing the Owls’ commitment to the Football League’s official charity partner, Prostate Cancer UK.
Julian led and participated in the annual bike ride from London to Amsterdam on behalf of Sheffield Wednesday, who could not have wished for a finer representative of the club he adored.
In addition, he took part in the Coast to Coast cycle challenge of 2009, raising money and awareness for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and the 2012 charity ride from Brentford’s Griffin Park to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Both projects were the brainchild of fans’ group Wednesdayite. Director Peter Shaw said:
“We are absolutely stunned by this news. Julian was a truly lovely guy and great company on the Coast to Coast and Brentford to Bluebell Wood bike rides. I am so sorry for his family and Helen, his partner.
“On behalf of everyone at Wednesdayite, I express our deepest sorrow and condolences.”
Julian’s like are few and everyone at Sheffield Wednesday FC sends their sincere sympathies to his partner Helen and family and many friends at this incredibly difficult time.