Rio Ferdinand with volunteers and trustees.
Rio Ferdinand with volunteers and trustees..

Rio Ferdinand charity event raises over £50,000

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The Rio Ferdinand Foundation helped raise over £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and disadvantaged kids at a Gala Dinner.

The event, held at the Wyndham Chelsea Harbour Hotel in west London, was attended by by over 400 guests, including former footballer Ian Wright, pop star Olly Murs and actor James Nesbitt.

Those present raised money by bidding on auction prizes, including executive box places in Ferdinand's own box at Old Trafford, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Match of the Day set, a walk-on part in Nesbitt's new BBC One drama 'The Missing,' and signed football shirts.

Speaking of his delight at the event's benefits, Ferdinand declared: "People look at me as an inspiration because I had the possibility to live the dream and now I use that to help other people.

"I always had in mind that I would like to give back to the communities (Ferdinand grew up on an estate in underprivileged Peckham, south London) and I always stayed true to that.

"I think it is amazing how many people who are willing to help and raise money and awareness for the Teenager Cancer Trust as well as for my own Foundation which focuses on getting young people off of the streets and into a positive future.”

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s mission is to inspire and enable young people to reach their potential by providing education and employment pathways with a vision of creating confident and skilled young people able to tap into their talents to build a brighter future.

Meanwhile, the Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.

X-Factor star Murs said: "I am a big fan of the Teenage Cancer Trust so it is a pleasure being here - it's fantastic being part of it."

Former Arsenal and England striker Wright declared: "Rio is doing a lot for his Foundation and it’s all positive stuff and that is why we are here tonight."

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