One lucky football fan will soon walk away with an incredible piece of unique sporting memorabilia – Jose Mourinho’s signed, worn boots.
The Chelsea FC Manager is the latest sporting great to donate to the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Charity Auction.
Having donated one of 2011’s most celebrated auction items, his FIFA Ballon D’Or 2010 World Coach of the Year Award Trophy, which raised £26,000, Mourinho has once again offered his support to Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough in memory of Sir Bobby.
This year Mourinho’s incredible donation is a pair of his worn, signed boots including a photograph of authenticity showing him signing the boots.
Jose Mourinho says “Bobby Robson is one of those people who will always be remembered. Not just for what he did in his fantastic career or for one victory more or less, but for what he gave to those who had, like me, the good fortune to know him and walk by his side. I am so happy to again support Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction and I encourage everyone around the world to do the same. Together we will help make the biggest difference in the fight against cancer.”
Sir Bobby and Mourinho worked together at Barcelona FC, where Mourinho became a prominent and influential member of the team. Sir Bobby and Mourinho’s styles complemented each other, with Sir Bobby favouring an attacking style while Mourinho covered defensive options. The partnership was hugely successful with Barcelona winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Gina Long, the auction founder says, “To have Jose’s support is very special. He has again donated something so personal to him. Jose always takes his time to think about what he wants to donate and this is a reflection of his admiration and love for Sir Bobby. It never ceases to amaze me how outstandingly generous individual people, football and sporting clubs and companies from all sorts of sectors can be. With less than three weeks to go until the auction goes live, I encourage people to head to register to bid – we literally have something for everyone.’
Mark Robson, Sir Bobby’s son comments, “The online auction is a fantastic way to help us continue the work my father started and raise crucial funds for cancer charities. We are so grateful to Jose for donating yet another incredible auction item this year. Currently we have 254 auction prizes and if we are to reach our £1,000,000 target we really do need at least 200 more. I urge people, clubs and companies to consider donating, however big or small, to what is one of the most exciting fundraisers of 2013.’
Mourinho joins a growing list of sport stars, personalities and leading businesses who have given their support to the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction including former England midfielder, Kieron Dyer, acclaimed actor, Bill Nighy, comedian David Walliams, Tottenham Hotspur Manager, Andre Villas-Boas and English professional cricketer Graeme Swann.
Running from 10 – 27 October, Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough will raise crucial funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within two Suffolk Hospitals.
Proudly backed by headline supporter BT Sport, Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough auction items for 2013 include lunch with Bill Nighy, flights, accommodation and tickets to see the Real Madrid v Barcelona game in the Bernabeu Stadium as Kieron Dyer’s special guest, a Tottenham Hotspur experience including lunch with Manager, Andre Villas-Boas, a VIP trip to next year’s F1 in Monaco by private ‘Eclipse’ jet, incredible sporting art from Ben Mosley, a week sailing on a luxury catamaran ‘Akasha’, a one-on-one personal bowling tuition with England cricketer Graeme Swann at Lords, Paul Gascoigne’s England match shirt from a pre-Italia ‘90 training game, the opportunity to have a team play a six-a-side tournament at St. George’s Park in 2014 and a week-long stay at The Brewers House in Southwold donated by Adnams.
Auction items are announced daily. Visit http://www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com/wordpress/the-auction/ to register as to not miss out!
For more information on how to get involved, visit: www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com