Sports world unites for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation auction

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Top names from the world of sport have shown their support to an auction in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

More than 100 lots are included in the online auction which will also support the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Among the prizes are a ‘behind the scenes’ match day experience at Newcastle United, VIP tickets to the FIFA Ballon d’Or Awards in Zurich, the chance to play at England’s St George’s Park training base, a Messi and Xavi signed football, VIP tickets to the PFA Awards, boots signed by Philipp Lahm and UEFA Champion’s League Final tickets.

Andre Villas-Boas, FC Zenit St Petersburg manager, has donated a fabulous opportunity for two people to join him in Russia on a trip of a lifetime, in honour of his mentor and friend, the late Sir Bobby Robson.

The two lucky football fans will meet Andre Villas-Boas and go to a FC Zenit St Petersburg home game as guests of Mr Villas Boas who is personally donating two match tickets, Economy flights, along with two nights’ accommodation at the Corinthia Hotel.

Andre says: “Sir Bobby is a true legend of the game.

“He was a great man, a great manager and a real gentleman. I often think of him and the inspiration he gave me not only at Porto but throughout his life.

“Sir Bobby has influenced everyone who ever met him with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. The fact that so many fellow managers and clubs are supporting this campaign speaks more about his legacy than I ever could.

“I am proud to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Sir Bobby EACH Auction and I hope fans across the country and throughout the world will do the same.”

A host of football clubs have contributed fantastic prizes including Barcelona, Liverpool, Arsenal, Norwich, Yeovil, Fulham, Manchester United, Manchester City, PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hotspur, QPR, Chelsea, West Ham, Charlton and Ipswich Town.

There are also lots available for fans of other sports including a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre & McLaren Production Centre, VIP tickets to the World Snooker Final, VIP tickets with full hospitality to the Badminton Horse Trials, a signed England rugby shirt, a Premier Experience at Newmarket Racecourse, Essex Cricket Club signed items, a corporate box at Brands Hatch and a Ryder Cup 2014 pin flag signed by the Team Captains.

And there is a huge range of non sporting items and experiences available from art, jewellery, furniture, food, hotel stays and whisky, to punting on the Cam, a visit to Colchester Zoo or a trip to Germany and a tour of the CLAAS Combine Harvester factory.

Fundraiser Gina Long said: “We are indebted to the generosity of all those who have so kindly supported our special auction where 100 per cent of the money raised goes to the two charities.

“Words can’t express just how grateful we are for all the fantastic lots we’ve received.

“Football fans are spoilt for choice with this auction – from rubbing shoulders with the world’s greatest footballers on the red carpet at the FIFA Ballon d’Or Awards in Zurich, to meeting Harry Redknapp at QPR and Loftus Road directors box tickets – there really are some fabulous once in a life time opportunities to be had.

“Not only will you make a dream come true in meeting your heroes or getting your hands on signed merchandise, you’ll also be supporting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and EACH – two fantastic charities who will change lives with the funds raised.”

The EACH and Sir Bobby’s Online Auction will close at 8pm on Sunday, October 19.

For more information or to register to bid, please visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk