Steven Gerrard donates cash to Hillsborough disaster fund

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Liverpool and England football captain Steven Gerrard has donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group – to help their fight to discover what caused the disaster in Sheffield.

Gerrard, whose cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley, aged 10, died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium in April 1989, donated the cash ahead of his team’s Merseyside derby with Everton last night.

The group, along with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, has been fighting for more than 20 years to discover what led to 96 Liverpool fans losing their lives when their team met Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.

Gerrard said it was something he had ‘wanted to do for a while’, but ‘wanted to get the timing right’.

The 33-year-old said: “It’s to send a message of togetherness out as well.

“I know there’s banter in the stands when the game’s going on but, for me, the Everton fans have been superb since Hillsborough.”

“It’s good timing to send this out now, just before the Merseyside derby, but also there’s a huge thank you from not just myself, but all the Liverpudlians, for all the help and support Everton fans have given us with this.”