Virgin Money London Marathon 2014

"Thanks to every single person who made a donation and helped us to raise over 75,000! The total will be divided between the three charities below and on behalf of each of them I would like to thank you for your amazing support."

1. Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool:

As a visitor and a parent I have visited Alder Hey many times and absolutely appreciate how important their work is. I have always been moved by the young children who are often very poorly and fighting so hard to get better. At Alder Hey there is always so much laughter and optimism from the children and their parents and that can only be achieved by the incredible professionalism and care of all the staff. They are currently building a brand new hospital, Alder Hey in the Park and I really want to help them raise the necessary funds for this important new facility.

2. Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and the University of Manchester:

I have seen the work of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and University of Manchester at first-hand and it is really helping to get new treatments to families with genetic eye disorders sooner. It's a cause that is very close to my heart and I hope my support will boost their quest to find more treatments for patients.

3. Prostate Cancer UK

I was lucky enough to play in some amazing stadiums during my career and it's shocking to think that 250 000 people - almost three times the capacity of Wembley - are affected by prostate cancer in the UK. A couple of years or so ago my Dad had a health scare around prostate cancer and I realised how quickly life's priorities can change. I've signed up to run the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise awareness and to help fund research into tests, treatments and causes of prostate cancer. It is a disease that has not only affected my family but so many players and fans as well so I am delighted to be able to help in some small way.

For further information on my chosen charities please click on the images below: