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Charities set to benefit from Morgs Testimonial

11 June 2015

Chris Morgan is hoping for a bumper crowd for his forthcoming testimonial fixture against Newcastle United as he aims to provide substantial donations for a trio of charities.

Nigel Adkins will use the fixture against Steve McClaren's Magpies on Sunday 26th July, kick-off 1pm, as a first-team friendly in preparation for the forthcoming Sky Bet League One season and Morgan is hoping fans from both sides turnout in big numbers to raise crucial funds for Weston Park Hospital, Bluebell Wood Hospice and the Gary Speed Trust Fund.

Looking ahead to the game, the former skipper and current Lead Development Coach remarked: "First and foremost I must express my thanks to my good friend John Carver and Newcastle MD Lee Charnley, who were true to their word and helped considerably in facilitating the game.

"It is unfortunate that JC won't be at the game in a working capacity, but Newcastle are well known for travelling in numbers and hopefully they will help create a wonderful occasion.

"It will be the new manager's first taste of Bramall Lane in the home dugout and I am sure our supporters will want to come and see the lads in action before the league season kicks off a couple of weeks later.

"I wanted the game to be against good opposition, but also against a team that will help create a memorable day and help raise monies for the three chosen charities, firstly I want it to be a day to remember, but equally we want to raise funds for good causes."

On his selected charities, who will receive shares of the proceeds from the fixture, Morgan added: "It is a celebration of my career with the Blades, that has been packed with highs and lows, so I am grateful for the opportunity of staging the fixture.

"But over the years I have done a lot of work in the community and for local charities, I am honoured to be a patron for Weston Park Hospital and it is something I take very seriously.
"When I was granted the fixture by the Club I wanted other organisations to benefit from the celebrations. We have kept it to three so it doesn't dilute too much, I have chosen Weston Park and Bluebell Wood because they are fantastic charities and vital to the region.

"I was a close friend of Gary Speed and that is way I have picked his Trust to benefit too, it has gathered pace since we confirmed Newcastle would be the opposition.

"Speedo was a legend at both clubs for differing reasons, Newcastle will support it too which is important and although it isn't local as such, I hope supporters understand why I have chosen that fund."

Ticket news will follow when available.

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