Wayne Rooney's testimonial raises over a million for charity

Posted 20 January 2017

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Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match proves to be a fundraising success.

One of our charity partners, the Wayne Rooney Foundation has raised a massive £1.2million for four children’s charities.

The Wayne Rooney Foundation, which is supported by Debt Advisory Centre (as part of Think Money Group), has set itself the target of raising £5million for children’s charities. Thanks to Rooney’s testimonial match, played last August between Manchester United and Everton, they are already well on the way to that target.

The match was a celebration of Rooney’s 12 years with Manchester United. Over 60,000 football fans got to watch the man himself play at Old Trafford, while millions more live-streamed the match on Facebook on BT Sport. Fundraising was also supported by BT MyDonate, a not-for-profit, online fundraising service.

How will the money help?

The NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Charity and the Manchester United Foundation will all benefit from the proceeds.

Alder Hey Children’s Charity intend to use the money to provide entertainment for their patients, so they’ll have something to take their mind off their illness and treatment. Claire House Children’s Hospice plan to provide more specialist care for their patients, with a new team of nurses. The Manchester United Foundation aims to improve the lives of young people in the Greater Manchester area, and the NSPCC will use its share of the money to promote its Childline service, so that more young victims of abuse can come forward and get the help they need.

What’s next for the Foundation?

Wayne Rooney has extended his thanks to the fans that came along and made the testimonial match such a success, noting that the money raised will make a real difference to so many children’s lives. The Wayne Rooney Foundation will continue with its fundraising efforts throughout Wayne’s testimonial year and, thanks to the testimonial match, it’s now well on its way to hitting that £5million target.

There are a number of high-profile fundraising events coming up in 2017. These will include a star-studded concert at Wembley, a golf day with Rory McIlroy and a gala dinner celebration.

Debt Advisory Centre will continue to support the Wayne Rooney Foundation and we’re proud to be part of the amazing work it’s doing to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children.


by Christine Walsh

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