Words: Josh Millar
Images: Offside Sports Photography
Sir Alex Ferguson has thrown a charity event in Manchester to raise money for the NHS.
The evening, hosted by actor James Nesbitt, was put on as a ‘thank you’ after he was given life-saving brain surgery in May last year. Those in attendance included Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and the entertainment was courtesy of The Proclaimers.
The event raised £405,000, all of which Ferguson was determined should go to the NHS. He suffered a seizure last year and was put into an induced coma before undergoing life-saving surgery. Two months later, he released a video to thank NHS staff for saving his life, "Just a quick message, first of all, to thank the medical staff at Macclesfield, Salford Royal and Alexandra Hospitals," said Ferguson in July. “Believe me, without those people, who gave me such great care I would not be sitting here today. Thank you from me and my family; thank you very much.”
Ferguson has since returned to his regular seat at Old Trafford.
Ferguson, a lifelong Labour supporter, added that "It has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages from all over the world, wishing me the best. The good wishes do resonate very strongly with me so thank you for that support you have given me."