Gerrard makes Hillsborough donation


    Steven Gerrard has made a personal donation of £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

    salahThe England midfielder has a family connection to the tragedy, as his cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragedy.

    “I think the timing’s right and having spoken to the club, I’ve decided to do it now,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

    “It had been in the media a lot so I didn’t think it was needed where I had to step in and keep it on everyone’s lips and in everyone’s minds.

    “But now it’s gone a little bit quiet over the last couple of weeks, I think the timing’s really good to get it back out there – sending another message out about how much we really want this justice.”

    Gerrard made the donation to the Hillsborough Family Support Group, with Chairperson Margaret Aspinall delighted by the move.

    “It’s a wonderful gesture by Steven and we cannot thank him enough,” she said.

    “It’s a lot of money he has donated and it will help all the families a great deal with our work.”

    The tragedy at Hillsborough on 15th April 1989 remains the worst sporting disaster in British history.

    The 96 victims were killed in a crush caused by huge overcrowding at the Leppings Lane end before an FA Cup semi-final between their team and Nottingham Forest.

    Fresh investigations into the deaths are due to begin in March after the London High Court quashed the coroner’s verdicts.

    An investigation into police handling of the disaster is also underway, after evidence emerged that South Yorkshire Police tried to cover up exactly what happened on that fateful day.

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