England and Manchester United Captain Wayne Rooney made a special visit to Claire House Children’s Hospice ahead of his monumental testimonial game that took place on August 3rd.
The skipper spent time meeting families in the dining room at the hospice, before enjoying some messy play with youngsters in the Claire House art room. Signing autographs and t-shirts, the dad of three chatted with the children, their siblings and parents.
The testimonial match, held at Old Trafford, saw Wayne take on his boy-hood club Everton and was the first outing for new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
The night was a dream come true for some of the children whose brothers and sisters have been cared for at the hospice, when they represent Claire House as mascots at the game.
Meabh and Malachy Givin, Emelia Cook, Alfie Edge and Finley Wild were all so excited to accompany Everton stars on to the pitch in front of a worldwide audience.
Wayne’s big night ended in a draw, as neither Manchester United or Everton managed to score a goal. However, the night was not just about scoring goals, instead it was about raising as much money as possible for charitable causes.
The charity is close to Wayne’s heart after Claire House cared for his wife Coleen’s younger sister, Rosie. Rosie passed away in 2013 at the age of 14 after a life long battle with Retts Syndrome.
The money raised through The Wayne Rooney Foundation will help increase the number of children Claire House are able to help, by funding the development of a specialist nursing team who will work with over 250 seriously and terminally ill children and their families ensuring they get the very best support when and where they need it.