This is why Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson threw fund-raising party which raised over £400k

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson hosts fund-raising party to give back to NHS after life-saving surgery

Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Austin Ouside)

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.


Sir Alex Ferguson’s statue outside of Old Trafford signifies his legendary status at Man United. (Credit: David Dixon)

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.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp attended the charity event. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Dmitry Golubovic)

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.

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.