24 January 2014
Wayne Rooney's testimonial between Manchester United and Everton has raised the first £1.2 million of the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of donating £5 million to children’s charities.
The sum comprises all profits, after operating costs, from the sell-out match played at Old Trafford in August between Wayne’s only two Premier League clubs. This follows the player’s commitment that all match proceeds – and those of subsequent headline Foundation events – should go to help vulnerable and disadvantaged youngsters.
Rooney set up the foundation to improve and inspire the lives of children faced with often overwhelming health issues, abuse and educational challenges. We’re a founding and principal partner of the Foundation.
Proceeds from the Testimonial match, which celebrated Rooney’s 12 years with United since his transfer as a teenager from Everton, will be distributed through the Foundation to four chosen charities and used to fund legacy projects. Fundraising was supported by BT MyDonate, our not-for-profit, online fundraising service for UK charities.
Those benefitting are the NSPCC - of which Rooney is the inaugural Ambassador for Childhood - plus three North-Western charities whose work is close to his and wife Coleen’s hearts.
These are Claire House Children‘s Hospice, Alder Hey Children‘s Charity and the Manchester United Foundation. The fundraising work of the Wayne Rooney Foundation will continue unabated in 2017 with high-profile events to be announced in due course.
Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”
Wayne Rooney Foundation Chairman Rob Cotton adds: “Wayne has shown an extraordinary drive in setting up the foundation and continues to do so. We’re looking forward to the exciting events in 2017 which we hope will help us reach our fundraising goal of £5 million.
“In addition to the generosity shown by United and Everton fans, we’d like to thank the foundation partners without whom we could not have raised so much money so far. Principal partner BT broadcast the testimonial and helped fundraising using their MyDonate platform.”
BT MyDonate was the official fundraising platform for the Testimonial, with both online and text to donate options promoted throughout the match. Our volunteers manned a call centre on the night to take donations by phone, and collected donations from fans at the game.
Our Chief Sustainability Officer Niall Dunne, said: “We are proud to have helped Wayne Rooney raise such a fantastic amount for his foundation and look forward to working together to reach the £5 million goal this year.
“Each year, we invest at least one per cent of profits back into society and aims to use skills and technology to help generate more than £1 billion for good causes by 2020.”