City raise £500,000 for Children's Hospital Appeal
- 21 October 2009 07:34
- Posted byChris Bailey
CITY today donated £500,000 to Manchester’s New Children’s Hospital Appeal, the culmination of a huge and sustained collective fund raising effort from fans and staff.
The money raised by the club will be used to provide an outdoor play area within the Hospital.
Much of the fantastic final total came from the heroic and generous efforts of staff and fans. A gruelling Three Peaks sponsored walk over a weekend in the summer and two separate match day collections were at its heart.
The total was also boosted considerably by a public auction of the shirts worn in the famous 2-1 derby win at Old Trafford in February 2008. Benjani and Darius Vassell scored the goals in a game that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Munich air tragedy.
City’s donation will fund a state-of-the-art outdoor play area which will provide a much-needed place for patients and their families to relax and have some fun whilst also improving a child’s health and wellbeing and encouraging mobility and social interaction.
Garry Cook, the club’s chief executive officer stressed that he was immensely moved by the fans’, club’s and employees’ efforts on behalf of the charity. He said:
We have been extremely proud to support the Appeal since we began working together last summer.
“Our £500k donation to fund the creation of the play area has come about due to the magnificent efforts made by the Club, our fans, staff and players and we are delighted to have been able to assist the New Children’s Hospital Appeal as it closes in on its £20m target.
Maurice Watkins, chairman of the New Children’s Hospital Appeal, echoed the CEO’s words.
“This is fantastic news and a huge boost to the Appeal in its closing stages. We have worked closely with City for over a year and they have been very enthusiastic supporters,” he enthused.
The final event organised by The New Children’s Hospital Appeal takes place tomorrow when they hope to announce that the £20million figure has been reached.