An exciting evening took place on the 15th April at the Solent Hotel when staff from Southampton Institute carried out a Charity Auction at a staff conference on behalf of Lisa’s Charity. Some 24 lots were auctioned off by a professional auctioneer, items included Matt Le Tissier memorabilia, an Indian head massage, an overnight stay at the Solent Hotel and even a ‘slave for the day’. The evening was a resounding success and with gift aid should nett approximately £1000. Many thanks to all concerned, particularly Ben Craig for coming up with the idea.
The Devere Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton was the setting for Eastleigh Football Club’s first Gala Dinner which took place on Saturday 28th February.
Over two hundred guests attended the event, including a host of celebrities including former England cricketer Robin Smith, Hampshire and one day England star Shaun Udell, and Matt Le Tissier. The evening was held to raise funds for the building of the new grandstand at Eastleigh this summer. At the end of the evening a limited edition print, donated by World Cup Winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, was auctioned on behalf of Lisa’s Charity. The print signed by every surviving member of the 1966 World Cup winning team eventually sold to Elliott Trodd of Enfields Property Services for the amazing sum of £4500.
The Southampton Stags beat Oxford 33-6 in game which was decided mostly in the 2nd half. However the game was started off by ex-Saint and director of football at Eastleigh FC, Mark Dennis, who tossed the coin for the game. With the Stags being a success on the field, the team went on to again show its heart off it. In raffling off prizes that included hospitality for one for Saints vs Newcastle at ST Marys the team managed to raise £340 on the day. That included money that was donated from the door takings at the Academy Nightclub Superbowl party. This was added to the £110 taken from match fees at the flag American football tournament before Christmas. Overall Southampton American football has raised £450 for charity this year with a bit more to come just watch this space!
Pop icon Craig David and a great fan of former Saints and England star Matthew Le Tissier recently signed an Eastleigh F C shirt along with Matt himself. At a recent fund raising dinner at Eastleigh the shirt was auctioned by comedian Mike Osman for £3000. Club manager Paul Doswell and sponsor Simon Kingsnorth both bid £1500 each to raise the money for Lisa’s charity. They then donated the shirt to the club which now hangs in pride of place on the boardroom wall at Eastleigh. Thanks for the magnanimous gesture gentlemen.
Various items have been donated to be auctioned for Lisa’s Charity for an event to be arranged for 2004. Some of the most famous names from sport and pop music have donated memorabilia that should help the fund. Pop super star Craig David a huge Saints fan has signed a Saints No 7 shirt that has also been signed by Le God himself Matt LeTissier. 1966 World Cup hero Gordon Banks has donated a limited edition England print signed by all the surviving members from that World Cup winning team. Toyota F1 Racing have supplied a framed picture signed by drivers Christian De Matta and Olivier Panis and former England Captain and Manager Kevin Keegan has signed a shirt form when he played for Saints. Several other donations have also been received and any other memorabilia would be much appreciated.