Sean Cox match raises €748,000

Story by John Donohoe

Friday, 21st June, 2019 11:20am

Sean Cox match raises €748,000

Peter Moore (Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool Football Club), Matt Parish (Director of the Liverpool FC Foundation), Stephen Felle (Chairman of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust) and Joe Blott (Chair of the Spirit of Shankly) .

A sum of €748,000  was raised for the Séan Cox Rehabilitation Trust following the special charity game held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin earlier this year, Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has announced.
 
The match saw LFC Legends and a Republic of Ireland XI come together in aid of the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust to raise vital funds for the Dunboyne man's ongoing care. Nearly 27,000 fans turned out to support Seán and watch the Reds come from behind to beat a Republic of Ireland XI 2-1.
 
LFC’s CEO, Peter Moore, Director of the LFC Foundation, Matt Parish and Joe Blott, Chair of the Spirit of Shankly, presented a special cheque to Séan’s wife, Martina, and Stephen Felle, chairman of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
 
The club, its fans and communities in England and Ireland continue to come together in support of Seán and his family. He was injured in an unprovoked attack at the Liverpool- Roma Champions League semi-final in April 2018.
 
In October 2018, during the Reds’ Premier League fixture against Cardiff City, the club and fans showed their support for the appeal with volunteers from LFC and Spirit of Shankly staging a bucket collection at Anfield which was match-funded by LFC Foundation, the club’s official charity, taking the total from this earlier appeal to £59,000. The club and first-team players have also supported the appeal privately.
 
Peter Moore, Chief Executive, Liverpool Football Club said: "What happened to Seán was such a terrible tragedy – no football fan should go to a game and suffer what he and his family have endured. We have all been touched by what happened and whilst football is still a tribal game, we must come together to try and help in any way we can regardless of club colours.
 
“The support we have seen from football fans all over the world has shown that this game is special when everyone is united. It was incredible to see so many supporters come together and help support Seán.
 
“I would like to thank our fans for their unwavering loyalty in supporting this game, and also the Football Association of Ireland and its partners for their generous support in helping us deliver such a magnificent event.”   
 
Seán Cox’s wife Martina added: “Today is my first ever visit to Anfield and, while it is tinged with some sadness given Seán cannot be with me, we are humbled by the warmth and generosity that has been shown by Liverpool Football Club, its supporters and the people of this city in taking Seán into their hearts.
 
“While the doctors are pleased with his progress, it is slow and Seán himself is frustrated at not being able to properly speak or express himself or do the things he took for granted before the attack.  Seán begins the next stage in his rehabilitation later this summer when he will travel from Dublin to a specialist neurological centre in Yorkshire. As a family we hope and pray that we get more of the old Seán back in the years ahead.”
 
The club looks forward to welcoming Sean and his family back to Anfield in the future.
 
You can still donate to the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust by visiting www.gofundme.com/SupportSeanCox.
 

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