Hospice invite for Sunderland supporter who fundraised after Newcastle fans killed in MH17 disaster

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THE Sunderland fan who raised tens of thousands of pounds in memory of two Newcastle supporters killed in the MH17 disaster has been to see how the money is being spent.

Devoted Magpies fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder were on their way to watch the team in a pre-season tour of New Zealand when the Malaysian Airlines plane was apparently shot down by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Black Cats supporter Gary Ferguson set up a fund after seeing news of the disaster on fans’ forum Ready to Go, hoping to raise £100 to buy a floral tribute. It raised more than £30,000.

The money has been shared between the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Newcastle’s Marie Curie Hospice, where Liam’s step-mum Lesley has been receiving treatment.

The family invited Gary to the hospice to see its work for himself.

“They asked if I wanted to go and see Lesley in the Marie Curie and have a look around the place,” said Gary. “This is the single biggest donation they have had and it was nice to see the work it is funding.”