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29 August 2023

Tottenham Hotspur FC kitman’s fundraising reaches a magnificent £141,000


Head of Kit and Equipment at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Steve Dukes, has officially presented a cheque for £50,000 to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) CEO, Jane Gurney, bringing the total amount he has raised for the charity to an impressive £141,000.

Over the last three years, Steve has been raising money for EHAAT in memory of his late father Charlie, who tragically lost his life after a cycling accident in May 2020. Since then, to ensure his dad’s legacy lives on, he has set up the ‘Charlie Dukes Fund’ and has been supporting the local air ambulance which provided an invaluable service at the time of Charlie’s passing.

In 2021 and 2022, Steve held two high-profile auctions of sporting memorabilia which raised an impressive £88,000, and this latest event he organised – which raised £50,000 – was a charity football match held at Bishop’s Stortford’s FC’s ground, where the halfway line is the meeting point between Essex and Hertfordshire.

The match saw Tottenham Hotspur legends and celebrities united for a highly anticipated fundraising match, with tickets selling out within 24 hours of going on sale.

Filling the R&D Advisors UK Stadium, supporters were able to witness the reunion of iconic players from the Harry Redknapp and Martin Jol eras, including Jermain Defoe, Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Robbie Keane, Edgar Davids, Sandro, Aaron Lennon and many more. In the dugout, Harry Redknapp led the Spurs side against EHAAT’s celebrity patron Ray Winstone, who expertly managed a team featuring renowned figures like Yaya Toure, Joe Cole, Wayne Routledge, and a lineup of celebrities including Mark Wright, Jonathan Trott, and Billy Wingrove. It was a sensational sunny afternoon with no shortage of goals as Spurs won 7-1, with Defoe back amongst the goals claiming a hat-trick.

Stacey Wilson, EHAAT Fundraising Manager, said: “It was an unforgettable day with our fundraisers, volunteers, canvassers and supporters coming together to raise vital awareness and funds in our own backyard. I just want to say a huge thank you to Steve for arranging the fundraising match in memory of his father Charlie, and all of the players, celebrities and supporters who turned out in force.”

To raise as much money as possible, the charity football match was combined with a further auction, which featured signed shirts from the match, alongside memorabilia collected by Steve Dukes through his contacts in the sporting world.

Jane Gurney was delighted to accept the cheque from Steve saying, “we are so grateful to Steve for his unwavering dedication and commitment to supporting EHAAT. The spectacular Spurs match was a testament to his passion and the incredible generosity of the players, celebrities, and supporters who came together on that unforgettable day. The funds raised will significantly impact our life-saving missions and enable us to continue providing advanced pre-hospital care to those in need. I want to express our heartfelt thanks to Steve and everyone involved in making this event a resounding success.”

Steve added, “Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is an amazing charity, and I am so pleased with the total amount achieved. If the money raised can help save a life or two and give families like mine, the after care they need, I will continue to support them however I can.”

And true to his word, Steve is not stopping in his fundraising efforts. He is already planning another charity football match for 2024.

To find out more or to donate visit ehaat.org/support-us.

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