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Football legend Bob Wilson thankful after St Agnes ball raises thousands for charity

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

  • Mandy Kimmins with former Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson at the charity event held in St Agnes. for SPORT. Ref : TRGH20140118E-001_C ------

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FOOTBALL fans at a charity ball in St Agnes were treated to a visit from an Arsenal and Scotland legend.

Former goalkeeper Bob Wilson joined more than 200 guests at the Charity Purple Ball at the Rosemundy Hotel.

The event raised more than £5,000 for the Willow Foundation, set up in memory of Bob and his wife Meg's daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.

The foundation has provided more than 10,000 special days for seriously ill young adults.

Organiser Mandy Kimmins, who was celebrating her 50th birthday at the event, said: "What a tremendous way to celebrate your 50th birthday.

"I'd like to say a huge 'thank you' to friends, family and members of the football community who supported our event in every way.

"They have helped to make such a difference to others less fortunate."

The evening featured a buffet, fireworks, disco and an after-dinner speech from Wilson.

The former sportsman enthralled the audience with tales from his career.

An auction featured goalkeeper's gloves signed by Wilson, David Seaman and Pat Jennings, and guests were asked to donate to charity instead of bringing gifts.

Mrs Wilson said: "When she was ill Anna taught us that quality of life and time is paramount and that the planning and taking part in something pleasurable can create memories that last a lifetime."

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