Sir Alex Ferguson has thrown a fund-raising party to give back to the NHS after his life-saving brain surgery – raising £405,000 in the process.
The legendary former Manchester United manager underwent emergency surgery back in May last year after suffering with a brain haemorrhage. He was placed into a coma and spent four days in intensive care before being released from the hospital.
Since then, Ferguson hasn’t stopped thanking the medical staff that helped to save his life and, this time, went a step further by raising almost half a million pounds – which he has donated to NHS charities.
The event was held in a Manchester hotel last Friday and was hosted by actor James Nesbitt. Scottish musical duo The Proclaimers performed at the event and one man donated £5,000 just to have his picture taken with the pair.
Perhaps the most high-profile attendee at the event was Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
The event revolved around having dinner with Ferguson and Klopp – and people paid thousands for the pleasure.
A person that attended the event told The Sun: “Alex was in great form all night and had the guests in stitches with the stories he was telling.
“It raised a lot of money but Alex insisted it all went to the NHS. He has always been a great supporter of them and that’s become even more the case since his health issues.”
This isn’t the first time Ferguson has publicly shown his gratitude to the NHS and those who saved his life. Two months after leaving hospital, he released a video via Manchester United praising all the staff that had helped him.
On Saturday 5 May, the football world was rocked by the news that Sir Alex Ferguson had undergone surgery for a brain haemorrhage.
Since then, the most successful manager in English football history has battled in a way only he knows how.
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 26, 2018
Ferguson has since returned to Old Trafford a number of times to see his former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manage the Red Devils, as they look to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.