14 May 2021
Unique sporting auction in help of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
Steve Dukes, Head of Set and Equipment for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is to auction an unique haul of personally signed shirts, consisting of from all 92 clubs in the Premier League and Football League pyramid, in memory of his late daddy Charlie Dukes.
The online auction will begin on Friday 14 th May, lasting for one week to coincide with the one-year anniversary of his dad’s unforeseen death and will raise important funds for the work of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT).
Signed shirts from the worlds of international football, rugby, Old Company rivals Glasgow Rangers and Celtic and the National League will likewise be readily available to bid for in the auction.
On 18 th
May, 2020 Charlie (73) from Goffs Oak in Hertfordshire told his wife Jill that he was cycling to a neighboring farm to get some sticks for usage on his garden vegetable spot. It was a brief ride and one that Charlie, a knowledgeable bicyclist, had made often times. Tragically it was a journey that Charlie did not complete.
An instant later on a passer-by found Charlie at the side of a track, unconscious and with a major injury to his head. An East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) team and a critical care team from EHAAT were quickly on the scene. The charity’s team prepared Charlie for the short flight to Royal London Health center, a major trauma centre, where he might receive specialist care.
When Steve, his brother John and Jill got here at the medical facility physicians told them Charlie was on life-support.
Despite the destruction of their loss, Steve says he and his household were relieved to understand that everything that might have been done to help Charlie that day had actually been done thanks to the efforts of EEAST and EHAAT working together.
Steve has encouraged his lots of friends in the sporting world, including first team players from Tottenham Hotspur, to assist him raise funds through promoting this very unique online auction through their social media channels. Starting on Friday 14 th May the auction will close on Sunday 23 rd May, the anniversary of Steve’s dad’s death. The auction of sporting shirts consists of 106 individual lots, each personally signed by gamers from the donating groups and consists of contributions from:
- All 92 English football league clubs
- Barnet, Woking and Yeovil Town from the National League
- Glasgow Rangers and Celtic from the Scottish Premiership
- Global football group t-shirts from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
- Global rugby team t-shirts from Scotland and Wales, as well as Nick Tompkins’ match worn t-shirt from the Wales vs Ireland Six Nations Tournament 2021
- Saracens Rugby Football Club
To take part in the auction, fans and advocates can simply click here
or see www.grahambuddauctions.co.uk/signed-shirt-auction, to register and begin bidding. If you don’t want to sign up with the auction, however would still like to make a contribution you can visit the Simply Giving page that Steve has set up at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-dukes
Steve is identified to keep the memory of his daddy alive.
Steve continues, “We were ravaged by his death however we are so grateful for what EHAAT did for him and for the assistance the charity has given us considering that. In specific EHAAT’s Patient Intermediary Supervisors have actually supplied us with psychological support and we now have a much better understanding of the injuries he sustained. They have answered the many concerns we needed to ask, which has actually been a genuine comfort”.
” We desire individuals to support EHAAT so that they can bring on supplying this invaluable service for other families that require assistance. I have actually spoken to a lot of individuals in football, and in between us I am confident we can raise a lot of cash”.
EHAAT’s Fundraising Supervisor Natasha Robertson said: “Everybody at the charity has actually been deeply touched by Steve’s story. Unfortunately, our teams can not save every patient they attend, but we are pleased to hear that Steve and his household have actually been reassured by the truth that Charlie got the best possible care at the scene of his accident”.
” We were surprised to hear about Steve’s strategies for what guarantees to be a genuinely special fundraising auction.
For more details about EHAAT and its work, visit ehaat.org
Photograph 1: Steve’s dad Charlie Dukes
Photograph 2: Steve Dukes and a few of the auction lots
Picture 3: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. group t-shirt with players’ signatures
Photo 4: England team shirt with gamers’ signatures
For more information about EHAAT and interviews with Steve Dukes please contact
Stuart Ward, Head of Marketing & Communications, on 0345 2417 690 or 07968 475 207
Notes to Editor:
- The auction is being run by Graham Budd Auctions.
- Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is a Charity that offers a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the seriously ill and hurt of Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.
- The service is supplied free of charge but, unlike NHS emergency situation services, the Charity gets minimal direct financing from the Federal government and none from the National Lotto. It costs in excess of ₤750,00 0 each month to keep the service operational and cover all charitable expenses, and this would not be possible without the kindness and goodwill of individuals and companies of Essex, Hertfordshire and beyond.
- Each of the Charity’s HEMS teams consist of 2 Pilots, a Pre-hospital Care Doctor and an Important Care Paramedic.
- These teams, comprised of highly-skilled individuals, participated in 1,626 patients in 2020 and are the foundation of your regional life-saving Charity.
- The fleet includes two Air Ambulances, and four rapid action vehicles (RRVs – cars and trucks) The RRVs are crewed by a Pre-hospital Care Physician and a Crucial Care Paramedic and carry the same life-saving devices as the helicopters.
- During the day, from 7am until 8.00 pm, the Vital Care Group provides the service using helicopters based at Earls Colne and North Weald.
- Overnight from 7.