A moving film showing Jack Charlton’s struggle with dementia is on course to raise £1million for charity.
The 1966 World Cup winner’s son John said the £851,515 made so far after the screening of Finding Jack Charlton has been donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. And his family has vowed to continue their support for the cause, and cancer research.
The documentary captured the Leeds football legend in the final months of his life.
John, of Ponteland, Newcastle, said: “Everyone who saw the film has said how moved they were by it. There were grown men with a tear in their eye.
“I have had fans from many of his former clubs get in touch.”
The 63-year-old revealed the £851,515 had been donated in Ireland – more than €1million.
In one clip from last week’s BBC show, Jack’s wife of 62 years Pat says to her husband: “They think a lot of you, don’t they, in Ireland?” Clearly confused, he replies: “I have no idea.”
Pat, who met the player when he was a teenager at Elland Road, said later: “It’s a shame because he had some good memories.”
Jack was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2019 and died on July 10 last year, aged 85.
The Mirror has called for Jack to be awarded a posthumous knighthood.