Bobby’s charity auction gains boost from Becks

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A GLOBAL football sensation, a team of dare-devil pilots and the top test series cricket team have become the latest big names to make donations to Sir Bobby’s fund-raising auction.

The ‘money can’t buy’ lots join more than 140 other lots up for auction next month in memory of legendary football manager Sir Bobby Robson.

David Beckham has donated a signed and personalised LA Galaxy football shirt and football which will go to the highest bidder when Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction starts next Saturday.

The RAF Red Arrows aerobatic display team have also pledged a special prize – offering two people a VIP day to RAF Scampton to meet the pilots and watch a practice display.

The England Cricket Board has donated a unique cricket bat signed by the English and Indian cricket teams in the summer test series.

These lots join a growing list of sports memorabilia, exciting experiences, sports tickets, and a host of other goodies from jewellery to holidays.

Adam Clark, project manager of the organising committee, said: “There is something in there for everyone, there are things everyone can get involved with.”

The auction, which will run online from October 8-23, is also being held in memory of breast cancer fund-raiser Sally Balch.

A glamorous ball will also be held at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, on October 20.

Auction and ball founder, Gina Long hopes to raise £250,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

She said: “When I started planning the auction, I could only have dreamt that I would get support from such magnificent people and great companies.”

The auction, which is supported by Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron, has been backed by Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello and Andre Villas-Boas.

Bidders can snap up numerous football match tickets along with other sporting prizes, including Jose Mourinho’s World Coach of the Year trophy, a morning on Newmarket Heath with Sir Michael Stoute, a golf day at Woburn, Six Nations tickets, Wimbledon Centre Court tickets, a signed replica of Lewis Hamilton’s helmet and much more.

There are also a number of other exciting lots, such as a luxury holiday to the Bahamas, car experiences, spa days, restaurant dinners, theatre tickets, Eurovision tickets, jewellery and weekend breaks away in top hotels.

Mark Robson, Sir Bobby’s son and member of the organising committee, said: “My dad would have been so proud at the way all these different clubs are pulling together by contributing such incredible prizes.”