A cheque for £14,000 from funds raised at the Ernie Moss Charity Match was presented at the Proact earlier today.
Ernie, who is suffering from a form of dementia called Pick’s Disease, was at the presentation together with his wife Jenny and one of his daughters, Sarah.
Sarah Moss thanked the Chesterfield fans for their generosity. She said: "It's absolutely fantastic. We hoped we could get about £10,000, so to get £14,000 is absolutely unbelievable. It was a fantastic turnout on the day and it just proved to us how much the Spireites love Dad and respect and support him.
“We want to raise awareness of dementia to help fight this vile disease for future generations and we'd just like to thank the Spireites immensely for what they have done.”
The Proact hosted the fundraising match in May between a Chesterfield legends side and the Once Upon a Smile team comprising of soap stars and other celebrities. The money raised will be split between Dementia UK and the Once Upon a Smile charity.
Former Spireites star Phill Walker, who also helped organised the event, spoke of his admiration for Ernie, who is Chesterfield’s record goalscorer. He said: ”We are trying to get a road named something like 'Ernie Moss Drive' to pay respect to Ernie. They say no one is bigger than a club, but I think Ernie must come very close."