George Best touched the lives of millions of people all over the world. To those that love football, he was the best of the best and to the general public, he was a superstar. Being an international legend provided the opportunity for him to give back to the fans that made him who he was and George did his best to give up his time to many good, charitable causes.
Christmas is well known as a time to think about others and spread a little cheer wherever you can. Northern Ireland’s greatest export was no stranger to the festive feeling and gave himself to more than one function for charity over the years in the yuletide season.
Festive Comedy for Charity
Best also joined in with another December charity night when he attended an event that was hosted by Liverpool comedian Jimmy Tarbuck.
He was pictured on stage with the famed comedian and fellow footballer Alan Ball, one of Everton and England’s star players in the 60s.
Christmas with Mike Summerbee
In 1970, George Best truly got into the spirit of the season when he attended a Christmas charity function with his Manchester City counterpart and close friend Mike Summerbee.
The two footballing greats were dressed to the nines to help raise money for a great cause. The pair were also joined by Manchester City Captain at the time, Tony Book.
The unlikely friends from Manchester’s rival football clubs met in 1965 in a coffee shop in Manchester and became inseparable. Holidaying together, socialising together and maintaining a friendship despite the fierce rivalry between the two teams.
The two were also pictured decorating Best’s Manchester boutique for the holiday season, creating a merry environment for Best’s post-football adventure.
The George Best Foundation
The legacy of Best’s charitable actions lived on following his death in 2005. His sister, Barbara McNarry, set up the George Best Foundation to help provide support for those suffering from alcoholism-related issues, liver disease research and to fund youth football initiatives.
Although the charity is no longer operating, the impact it had on many people’s lives will stay in their hearts forever.
The donation resulted in what is now the Irish Football Association’s George Best Community Cup – a major highlight on the disability football calendar.
Charity Events at The George Best Hotel
The George Best Hotel is set to be one of the most beautiful hotels in Belfast, with a lasting tribute to one of the greatest men in football.
Best’s eagerness to give back will be honoured with plans for an events space that will provide the perfect venue for charity balls, auctions and other events.
We look forward to welcoming many of Belfast’s incredible charity causes through our doors for stunning and worthwhile fundraisers to raise awareness.
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