Sir Alex Ferguson backs Ultimate Charity Auction 2017

A meet-and-greet session with Sir Alex Ferguson before watching Manchester United play at Old Traffo

A meet-and-greet session with Sir Alex Ferguson before watching Manchester United play at Old Trafford is one of the top prizes in the Ultimate Charity Auction 2017. Picture: BRIAN LAWLESS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed an online charity auction inspired by the work of Sir Bobby Robson, with less than a week to go until bidding ends.

The Ultimate Charity Auction 2017, formerly known as Sir Bobby’s Online Auction, has raised almost £1million for local and national charities since it launched in 2012.

The Suffolk-based online auction, spearheaded by campaigner and fundraiser Gina Long MBE, was initially named in honour of Sir Bobby Robson, the former Ipswich Town and England manager, before it extended its support to more charities.

This year’s auction, which runs until next Wednesday (December 13), will support the League Manager Association Charity – In The Game, and the GeeWizz charitable foundation, which is also run by Mrs Long.

Star prizes include a meet and greet with legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson before watching the Red Devils in action, a chance to watch a Barcelona training session, and the opportunity to star in the next instalment of the Football Manager computer game – the world’s most popular football management game.

Backing the auction, Sir Alex said: “I am delighted to once again be backing the Ultimate Charity Auction and, especially, it’s work with the League Manager’s Association. I look forward to welcoming the winning bidder to Old Trafford.”


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Other fantastic lots this year include playing in a football tournament at England’s training ground, a chance to record your own single in a renowned Buckinghamshire recording studio, a VIP package for four people at the Badminton Horse Trials, a Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday experience, and a VIP experience at PSV Eindhoven.

Mrs Long said: “The Ultimate Charity Auction has always captured the imagination of both donors and those bidding on the fantastic money-can’t-buy prizes.

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“We are on course for another fantastic auction raising thousands of pounds for some very worthwhile causes.

“We would urge people to help us spread the word as money raised from the auction will really make a difference to the lives of the people we support.”

The auction is supporting those battling mental health problems in football and, through GeeWizz, young people and families living with a disability or cancer.

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