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Fans urged to help SAFC's lucky charm

by Sunderland AFC

Charity dinner being held for club for mascot.

Sunderland fans are being given the opportunity to help the Black Cats’ very own lucky charm receive life changing treatment this weekend at special fundraising gala dinner at the Stadium of Light.

‘Team George’ which has been set up to raise funds for George Bertie Johnson, who has an undiagnosed motility condition, are aiming to raise funds through a gala dinner in order to take George to see a special consultant in America.

The four-year-old, who was mascot at Sunderland’s Capital One Cup semi-final win against Manchester United, has already undergone more than 75 operations to help him battle a condition which means he cannot eat, drink or swallow.

Fundraising for the vital trip to America was boosted late last year with the announcement of a charity game at the Academy of Light and with allocations still available for the gala dinner at the club’s Stadium of Light, Team George are reaching out for your help.

SAFC’s commercial director Gary Hutchinson said: “Naturally the club is delighted to support such a worthwhile cause and we hope to raise as much money as possible for George who is such a little fighter and a delight to be around.”

The gala dinner in aid of Team George includes a drinks reception, a three course gala meal with coffee and entertainment from Kevin Ball and a comedian.

Guests will also have the chance to test their luck with a raffle and pick up that special piece of memorabilia at auction on the night which is priced at £50 per person with sponsorship packages at £1000 per table (10 guests).

For tickets to the gala dinner on Sunday 9 February call 0871 911 1555 or email conf&banq@safc.com.