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Footballing legend comes to Leeds for World Cup Sporting Dinner

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Footballing legend comes to Leeds for World Cup Sporting Dinner

The Stroke Association will host a glittering Sporting Dinner with England 1966 World Cup winner,
Gordon Banks OBE, on Friday 17th October.

Taking place at the Leeds Marriott Hotel in partnership with Spire Leeds Hospital, guests will enjoy a drinks reception and three course evening meal, before listening to football hero Gordon speak about
his impressive career and take part in a Q&A session. Football and sports memorabilia
will also be up for grabs in a raffle and auction on the night.

The goalkeeping legend made over 600 appearances during a 15 year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country. Gordon was voted the greatest save of all time for his save against Pelé in the 1970 World Cup.

Jo Beverley, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: “It’s fantastic to give football
fans the chance to meet their hero, all while raising money for the Stroke Association. Gordon Banks is hugely inspirational and will no doubt have some fascinating stories to share on the evening. The event is already proving popular with foodies and football fans alike.

“The money raised through the event will help our work to prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research. It will also help us to support people adjusting to a life after stroke in Yorkshire and Humberside. We’re very grateful to Spire Leeds Hospital for their support to help us to conquer stroke.”

Anna Tchaikovsky, Spire Leeds Hospital Director, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be the main sponsor of this important event, to support this amazing charity and the fantastic work the Stroke Association carries out for stroke survivors and their families. This event is a testament to the incredible achievements of stroke survivors, their families and carers.

“It’s also an exciting time for us as it coincides with the launch of Spire Perform, our new state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, located within Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay. Perform will provide a variety of elite diagnostic services and world-class sports injury treatment, sports medicine and rehabilitation services to elite athletes and amateur sports people in Leeds, across Yorkshire and beyond.”

VIP Tickets cost £100 or two for £180, which include a champagne and canapé reception, three course meal including coffee and a meet, greet and photograph with Gordon Banks. Standard Tickets cost £47.50 or two for £90 and include a drinks reception, three course meal and coffee. For more information about the event, email or call 0113 201 9794.

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity which campaigns to improve stroke care; supports people to make the best recovery they can; and funds ground-breaking research to change the lives of people affected by stroke. For more information about stroke, ring the Helpline on 0303 30 33 100 or visit

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A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at

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The UK's leading stroke charity helping people to rebuild their lives after stroke

The Stroke Association. We believe in life after stroke. That’s why we campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery. It’s why we fund research to develop new treatments and ways to prevent stroke. The Stroke Association is a charity. We rely on your support to change lives and prevent stroke. Together we can conquer stroke.

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