Cross Sports Book Awards announces 2016 charity partner

May 16, 2016

National charity Willow has been selected by the Cross Sports Book Awards as its charity partner for the ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday June 1. Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.

On the night, guests will hear from Willow Life-President and former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper, Bob Wilson about the charity that he founded together with his wife Megs in 1999. Willow is a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31. Anna’s love of life and the enriching experiences of her own Special Days were the charity’s inspiration. Pledges made by guests at the Book Awards will raise valuable funds for the charity.

Wilson, who made 308 first-team appearances for the Gunners, said:

“Megs and I are truly honoured that Willow has been selected as the charity of choice by the Cross Sports Book Awards. Sport, in particular football, is very close to our heart at Willow. Thanks to the support from many individuals and organisations from the UK’s sporting community we have been able to provide many Special Days for sports fans. It is a privilege to be involved in such a prestigious event, and the funds raised on the night will help Willow continue to provide life-affirming experiences that can lift spirits, reunify families and be a source of strength when it’s needed most.”

David Willis, Chairman of the Cross Sports Book Awards added:

“The work that Willow does is fantastic and it was perfect for us to join up with Bob and his team.”

Among the celebrities invited to the awards, which will be hosted by Mike Wedderburn and Alison Mitchell, are Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian Moore, Sir Anthony McCoy, Nigel Mansell, Steve Davis and Max Mosley.

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