Team George boost fundraising target

by Sunderland AFC

Vital funds raised for young fan.

A campaign to raise money for life-saving treatment for a young Sunderland fan received a massive boost over the weekend, following two events which smashed their fund-raising targets.

‘Team George’ was set up to raise money for four year old George Bertie Johnson, who has suffered from an undiagnosed motility condition since birth and raised over £30,000 yesterday following a charity football match at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light and gala dinner at the Stadium of Light.

Young George, who was Sunderland’s lucky mascot at the Capital One Cup semi-final win against Manchester United, has already undergone more than 75 operations to help him battle his unique condition which means he cannot eat, drink or swallow.

Following advice from Great Ormond Street Hospital, George’s parents are now seeking help from a special consultant in America, but with medical costs so high in the United States they have had to embark on a significant fund-raising campaign

The vital trip to America took a step closer yesterday thanks to the charity match at the Academy of Light.

The match which was fiercely contested by teams from Sunderland and Everton ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Later that evening a gala dinner was held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, which included a special auction presented by SAFC legends Jimmy Montgomery and Gary Bennett.

Amongst the prizes was the match ball from SAFC’s recent win over Newcastle United, which was sold for over £1000 on the night.

Sunderland AFC who have supported ‘Team George’ with awareness for George’s unique condition, were delighted to see so many in attendance at the charity match and gala dinner.

SAFC’s commercial director Gary Hutchinson said: “George has touched the hearts of everyone here at the club and it was fantastic to see so much support for what is a very worthwhile cause.

"Initially they set a target of £20,000 to be raised from the events but thanks to the generous donations of guests on the day, Team George have been able to top the £30,000, mark which is amazing.”

The gala dinner in aid of Team George included entertainment from a comedian and a Q&A session with SAFC legend Kevin Ball.

To help George on his way to recovery please donate whatever you can by going to