Goodison great Duncan Ferguson has generously donated a further £20,000 of his testimonial proceeds to Everton in the Community.
Ferguson chose the Club’s official charity as one of the organisations and groups to profit from his benefit year.
In additional to supporting other causes across the region, Duncan had already provided funds to purchase a Variety Club of Great Britain Sunshine Coach for Everton in the Community, meaning the latest gesture takes the total donated to the charity from his testimonial up to £65,000.
Ferguson handed over the £20,000 cheque to Everton in the Community staff after making a surprise visit to one of the charity’s programmes, Active Me, at All Saints Church Hall in Kensington.
Also in attendance was Everton in the Community chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
Ferguson said: “All thanks to the Everton fans and the testimonial committee - we’ve donated altogether £65,000 to Everton in the Community and there have been other donations (to additional charities) as well.
“Everton in the Community has won awards after awards, so all credit to the team there. They do some fantastic work and if I can support them in any way I can - even if it’s a small part - I love to do that.
“I’ve really enjoyed my testimonial year. It was a fantastic match (against Villarreal) and a lot of the function events have been run very professionally by Ray Parr and Lorraine Whitaker from the Testimonial Committee. We’ve raised a lot of money for a lot of worthwhile causes across the region.
“I’ve always felt like a big part of the community and tried to help where I can.”
The Active Me programme, ran in partnership with the Liverpool Inclusive Sports Project, is a three-year initiative delivered by the Club’s charitable arm which aims to give disabled people the chance to participate in inclusive sport and physical activity opportunities.
“I’ve spent a bit of time with the kids to try and encourage them to stay healthy and fit, to keep on taking up sport," added Ferguson about his visit. “It was great to see so many Evertonians. There were a few Reds as well! I really enjoyed my day.”
Everton in the Community uses the power of sport to engage with all members of society, regardless of age or ability.
With one the largest and most respected disability football programmes in the world, the Club's official charity participates in a number of additional sports with a view to helping every individual who is under the guidance of Everton in the Community achieve their full potential.
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