England Team Host Lions & Roses Gala Dinner

May 30, 2016

The England football team came together last night in support of the England Footballers Foundation (EFF) which they set up in 2007.

Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and entertainment came together for an unforgettable evening of fundraising that included a surprise guest appearance from football legend, Pele, who turned up in support of the players and their charity work.

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Football fanatic Jack Whitehall hosted the event and treated guests to an exclusive stand up show, whilst Brit Award winner, James Bay, was on hand to provide a special music set with Gary Neville joining him on stage for his multi-award winning single, Hold Back The River.

The event was organised by the players themselves in partnership with their England representatives, 1966 Entertainment, and raised vital funds and awareness for the EFF and its chosen charity partners, Unicef and Honeypot children’s charity. In addition to supporting these charities, funds from Lions and Roses will also go towards the players’ own EFF Academy that provides coaching and education opportunities to disadvantaged youngsters across the country.

Led by auctioneer, Russ Williams, guests were given the chance to bid on an array of exclusive items and money-can’t-buy prizes, several of which were personally donated by the England Football Team.

England captain Wayne Rooney said: “It was a great night in aid of some fantastic causes and we’re delighted to do our bit and help our chosen charity partners in any way we can.”

We would especially like to thank AO.com, Berkeley Travel, BT Sport’s The Supporters Club, Michael Elliott Property Investment Advisors and Nike for their support of the Lions and Roses event.  It is greatly appreciated by all of the players and really helps our work supporting the players’ chosen charity partners.

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For more photos and footage of the event check out @effcharity on Instagram and Twitter