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Ex footballer Bert Williams close to £150k fundraising

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Media captionFormer England goalkeeper Bert Williams is close to raising £150,000 for the Alzheimer's Society with help from Gordon Banks

Former England goalkeeper Bert Williams, 92, is close to breaking his target of raising more than £150,000 in aid of the Alzheimer's Society charity.

Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Williams started fundraising after his wife Evelyn died of the disease in 2002.

He is now helped in his charity work by former Stoke player and 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

Banks' brother suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for more than 10 years and died in 2012.

He said: "We know how horrible it is and so if we can get some money to help to get a cure for it that would be really good.

"I do admire Bert for what he's done."

Williams, who lives in Shifnal in Shropshire, has raised about £148,000 and now wants to sell his collection of glass decanters to raise more funds.

He said the Alzheimer's Society was "so kind and helpful" in the years leading up to his wife's death.

In October 2012 the Wolverhampton Wanders legend exceeded his previous target of raising £100,000 and has since donated an average of over £5,000 per month.

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