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"We should be playing tribute to the job the soldiers do and the sacrifices they make in a big way and hopefully this donation will make a big impact.”

- Sir Alex Ferguson

18/11/2011 16:00, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Sir Alex supports soldiers

Sir Alex has had an extremely busy few weeks with the usual run of matches, coupled with a number of events to mark his 25th anniversary at the club.

Some of those events helped raised money for The Elizabeth Hardie Ferguson Charitable Trust Fund which was set up by the manager in memory of his late mother.

Each year funds from the Trust are donated to a charity of the boss’ choice and this year an incredible £100,000 has gone to the ABF The Soldiers' Charity, which provides support and financial assistance to serving and retired soldiers and their families.

Sir Alex told ManUtd.com he is delighted to be able to lend his support to the charity and hopes the money will go a long way to helping many of the country’s war heroes.

“It’s the most talked about issue in Britain at the moment – not only are soldiers losing their lives, a number of them are coming back from Afghanistan with all sorts of injuries,” he explained.

“You couldn’t help but feel emotional when you watched The Remembrance Service last weekend - we should be playing tribute to the job the soldiers do and the sacrifices they make in a big way, and hopefully this donation will make a big impact.”

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hackett MBE, Regional Director of Fundraising for the West Midlands office of the charity, visited Carrington this week to collect a cheque from Sir Alex and Paul Hardman, Treasure of the Trust Fund, and to thank them for their support.

“I was overwhelmed by the generosity of Sir Alex and the trustees. It’s great to know the manager is such a proud supporter of the charity,” he said.

“Last year we helped over 4,000 soldiers across the country at a cost of around £7million. By 2015 we estimate that we’ll need to make around £15m. So there’s great pressure to keep on raising funds and the donation from Sir Alex is a real godsend and something we’re extremely grateful for.”

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