Kent, UK (mynewsdesk), September 21 2010 – The dinner, in aid of Help For Heroes, is taking place on October 28 2010, and is set to feature not only top sports persons from the worlds of cricket, football and rugby, but also TV comedy superstar Ricky Tomlinson in his only charity appearance this year. The auction, which aims to better the already astronomical sums of money raised for the charity by Sports Idols, is rumoured to include a signed Arsenal shirt and a signed Chelsea shirt – both of which, of course, contain the autographs of some of the most famous footballers on the planet.
Soldiers to be helped include veterans not only of the two Gulf Wars but also the Falklands, making the charity one of the only ones in the world to directly address the adverse effects of modern warfare on returning combatants and their families. Both groups, prior to the formation of the charity, were largely forgotten: the auction of a signed Arsenal shirt and a signed Chelsea shirt is evidence of the good work done by the charity to raise awareness in their home country. It’s evidence, too, of the civic spirit and generosity of Sports Idols, which is using its status as the UK’s most popular supplier of sports memorabilia to give something back to the communities that have supported it. In conjunction with other rumoured items, these pieces of classic sports memorabilia are likely to raise thousands of pounds for the charity, whose aim is to raise awareness of the returning heroes from modern conflict as well as the existing returnees from earlier wars.
The memorabilia auction dinner, which is to be attended not only by notable sports people and entertainment celebrities, but by a number of big name figures visiting purely in guest capacity, is guaranteed to be a roaring success. If previous sports autographs auction run by the company are anything to go by, Help For Heroes is in for a windfall at the start of this autumn.
The patrons of sports autographs sites are, of course, often drawn from the same communities as the soldiers who are being helped by this auction. Football has long had close ties with the working man (and, these days, the working woman, too) – large segments of the population of which have volunteered in the last few decades to fight for their country. Now that a company from the same communities is in a position to do something about it, the signed Arsenal shirt and Chelsea signed shirt rumoured to be a part of the auction are emblematic of a generosity that stems from a recognition of kinship and solidarity as well as a straightforward charitable impulse.