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Wednesday 27 October 2021
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Sir Alex Ferguson at the charity gala

Sir Alex Ferguson thanks the NHS with a  £400,000 donation to Salford Royal

A star-studded charity gala dinner organised by Sir Alex Ferguson has raised more than £400,000 for Salford Royal.


Sir Alex underwent emergency life-saving brain surgery at Salford Royal in May 2018 and said he wanted to say thank you to the NHS for the care he received.


The gala dinner was held in Manchester and around 230 guests were joined by Sir Alex’s former players Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville. The evening was hosted by actor James Nesbitt and entertainment was provided by The Proclaimers, who travelled from Edinburgh as a personal favour to Sir Alex.


The money raised on the night is being donated to Salford Royal, for use in the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences, which looks after patients with brain and spinal conditions from across the whole of Manchester.


Sir Alex said: “I have always been a huge admirer of the NHS and the work they have done throughout the country for so many people over so many years. After my own personal experiences over the past year, I wanted to say thank you and, more importantly, support their work going forward.”


The huge sum of money will be used to improve the care of those patients needing urgent neurological care.

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Joshi George
Sir Alex Ferguson and Joshi George

Mr Joshi George, Consultant Neurosurgeon who led Sir Alex’s life-saving operation at Salford Royal and is Clinical Lead for Neurosurgery in Manchester, paid tribute to the incredible team involved in looking after patients like Sir Alex.


He said: “I am delighted to see the remarkable recovery that Sir Alex had made in such a short time. When someone needs life-saving treatment in a hurry, there is no other alternative than the NHS and each member of the team from the paramedic, to the cleaner, to the porter, to the physiotherapists and nurses and doctors all had a crucial part to play in delivering a successful outcome.”


“We are extremely grateful for this fantastic donation, which we can assure Sir Alex will be put to very good use for those patients who may find themselves in the same situation he was last year.”