Football star and Chelsea captain John Terry in a humanitarian gesture has offered to pay the full funeral costs of an 8-year-old Chelsea fan Tommi Miller, who died after a battle with leukemia.
The 35-year-old former England captain, who met Tommi last year, said he had the pleasure of meeting Tommi at a Chelsea game and was totally devastated to hear of him passing away, especially after sending the youngster a personal letter during his treatment in hospital.
After being contacted by friends of the family on social media, Terry said he would pay the £1,600 total, adding that he was sure Tommi’s family and friends will give him the send off he deserves.
With the costs of the funeral expected to come to £1,600, Tommi’s mother, Ruth, has expressed her gratitude for the former England defender’s generosity, saying she’s really overwhelmed because Tommi was such a great fan of John Terry in particular.
Ruth says ‘We don’t want a traditional sort of funeral. It’s for a child, so we thought we would have it as bright and cheerful as he would want it’.
The Blues have recently been in a debate as to whether Chelsea should offer their captain John Terry a new contract. There has been a cloud over Terry’s season since January when the former England captain announced that he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the campaign.
Terry had demanded a decision be made on his contract in January, but Chelsea told him they wanted to see who would be taking over before discussing a deal.
Terry’s current deal expires this summer and there has been offers from China, interest from the MLS and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola wants to take him to Al-Arabi in the Middle East.