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It wasn’t just the crushing 5-0 victory against Man United that made it such a great game for LFC captain Jordan Henderson.
The mighty midfielder had a record-breaking 144 touches in the match on October 24 – more than anyone in a Premier League match so far this season.
It also took him into the Premier League history books as the all-time top-passing player with a record 17,002 passes…
AND NOW YOU CAN WIN THE SHIRT HE WORE!
Dad Brian is raffling the Number 14 shirt worn by Jordan in the incredible game that even had former United boss Alex Ferguson shaking his head in despair to raise money for a very special appeal that’s close to his heart.
He is hoping it will take him to the £85,000 total he needs to buy much-needed equipment for the medical team that saved his life after he was diagnosed with tongue and throat cancer in 2013.
Brian says: “I know 100% that without the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust I wouldn’t be here.
“The equipment I want to get for them will help them to diagnose and more clearly evaluate a patient’s condition, leading to a better outcome and a better quality of life for many people.
“It will literally help save lives.”
He adds: “I have already raised £6,500 with a shirt Jordan had worn in the Champions League game against Barcelona in 2019 and more than £1,000 for one he wore against Spurs.
“But I am hoping this one, worn in that amazing game – and added to the £30,000+ already donated on my JustGiving page and raised by my wife Donna with a skydive – will take us to the target.
“It’s a piece of football history and I am hoping that Liverpool fans will buy a ticket to support me and help the medics who saved me save even more lives – and to get their hands on some very special soccer memorabilia.”
The shirt is being raffled via JustGiving with a donation of £25 creating one unique raffle entry, and multiples of £25 further entries. At the end of the raffle period, the winning name will be digitally selected impartially by the JustGiving site.
It was at the end of 2013 that Brian was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue which had spread to his lymph glands.
He first told his wife Donna, and then Jordan, who said it was the hardest thing he’d ever had to deal with.
Brian started treatment in January 2014, including an operation to remove the tumours and extreme radiotherapy that left him ‘looking like a leper’.
He saw hardly anyone in the first year because he didn’t want anyone to see him while he went through the traumatic surgery.
“Jordan came to see me the night before the operation,” he says. “Beyond that, when I was diagnosed at the end of November and I told Jordan, I said he could do one thing for me, and that was to cheer me up as I went through it, winning as many Man of the Matches as he could.
“About a week after I’d told him Liverpool played away to Spurs. They won 5-0 – and Jordan was awarded Man of the Match.
“Jordan has always supported me and been there for me. Knowing that has always helped.”
Brian has enlisted help from Jordan in the past to support the medical team which treated him, but the latest appeal to get cash for a state-of-the-art Spectar EndoFlex endoscopy system is his biggest effort yet and could be a game changer for the consultants – and the patients they treat.
It will help the Ear, Nose and Throat team record footage during assessments which can be reviewed frame by frame to check for abnormalities, more easily diagnose cancer and ascertain voice, tongue and swallow function.
“It will make a massive difference.”
Brian says: “It will mean the world to my wife and I if we can achieve this huge target. And it will mean so much to the staff who saved my life and will save many thousands in the future.”
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