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Help for ill boy who was Sunderland’s lucky charm against Manchester United

Kay Dixon, front centre, with members of Team George at More Than on Doxford International, Sunderland who are raising money to support George Johnson the son of former fellow worker Neil Johnson.

Kay Dixon, front centre, with members of Team George at More Than on Doxford International, Sunderland who are raising money to support George Johnson the son of former fellow worker Neil Johnson.

COLLEAGUES have clubbed together to back a campaign to help a Black Cat mascot on the way to better health.

Workers at More Than in Doxford International Business Park held a red and white day in honour of Sunderland fan George Johnson.

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

His family hope doctors in America can find out what he is suffering from, with a target of £20,000 set as part of their Team George appeal to cover the costs of the trip.

In addition to wearing Sunderland strips, the day of events at More Than included a cake and savouries sale, raffle, leg waxing and football cards, as well as donations, with prizes donated by nearby businesses.

Kay Dixon, who helped organise the celebrations, said: “The money is still coming in but so far we have £1,455.”

George’s dad Neil, 33, who is from Farringdon and now lives in the Wirral with wife Emma, 32, and their daughter Ava, five, used to work for the same company as the Doxford Park team.

The next big fund-raiser will be a charity match at the Academy of Light, followed by a gala dinner at the Stadium of Light.

For more information about the event, email neiljohnson2709@gmail.com. To book tickets call 0871 911 1973, 0871 911 1555 or email conf&banq@safc.com.

 

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