Last Saturday we wrote about the tremendous gesture from many Sunderland fans who donated money following the tragic loss of two Newcastle fans who were on board flight MH17.
It has been nearly a week since that post but the total has continued to rise at a staggering rate. The current total (at the time of writing) is £31,855.
The creator of the donation page, Gary Ferguson, initially hoped to raise £100 for a floral tribute in memory of John Alder and Liam Sweeney and to show support from himself and his fellow SAFC supporters.
These wonderful acts of generosity will benefit two very worthwhile local charities, with the rest of the funds being shared between The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Marie Curie Newcastle.
Donations and comments of support have come in from all over the UK and also further afield.
Gary has been interviewed by various media outlets during the past week and has expressed his surprise at the amount raised so far.
Speaking to Chronicle Gary stated,
“I did think it would go above £100 and we would maybe get £500 or so. But straight away everyone was saying ‘“I’m in”.
“I never imagined it would raise this much though.”
He also explained his reason for starting the page, stating that the dedication shown by Liam and John to visit so many away games really resonated with him.
“I’m a Sunderland season ticket holder and I never miss a home game, but these were real loyal supporters. People might be surprised with the rivalry, but I haven’t had any negative responses at all.”
Meanwhile tributes continue to pour in for the two Newcastle fans…