Bobby Kerr

Celebration to raise vital funds

by Foundation of Light

Cup dinner set to raise money for sports and forces charities.

Sunderland AFC’s 1973 FA Cup winning heroes Jimmy Montgomery and Bobby Kerr have backed a campaign to help raise £50,000 for the Foundation of Light.

Black Cats fan Mark Laws has organised an FA Cup charity dinner to help raise funds for the Foundation as well as SSAFA Forces Help.

In memory of his father, Stephen Laws who was a lifelong Black Cats supporter and spent over 20 years serving in the army, Mark aims to raise £50,000 for the two charities by the end of July 2013.

The SAFC FA Cup charity dinner takes place at the Stadium of Light on 15th March with tickets priced at just £28 per person, which includes after dinner speeches from Jimmy and Bobby, a carvery dinner, a free drink and the opportunity to take part in an exclusive raffle. Additionally there will be the opportunity for guests to have their picture taken with both Jimmy and Bobby and the FA Cup.

Speaking about the dinner Mark commented: “Outside of his family my father’s great loves were Sunderland AFC and the forces so I decided this memorial year raising funds for two fantastic charities was a fitting way to honour him.

“I’m really excited about the SAFC FA Cup dinner – Bobby and Jimmy are fantastic personalities and great speakers and I’m sure guests will have a night to remember.”

Kim Phillips, event co-ordinator at the Foundation of Light added: “Mark’s fundraising efforts are truly extraordinary and we hope that plenty of the Sunderland faithful get behind the SAFC FA Cup Dinner and come along and support it.”

Mark has also organised a Memorial London Gala Dinner at the Victory Services Club in Marble Arch on 7th March, with after dinner speaker Olympic medallist Kris Akabusi, who served with Mark’s father in the Royal Signals.

Further information about both events, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at

Alternatively tickets for the SAFC FA Cup charity dinner can be purchased by calling the Foundation of Light on 0191 5515153

SSAFA Forces Help provides financial, practical and emotional assistance to those and their families who are currently serving or has ever served in the Army, Navy or RAF.

The Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC who uses the power of football to involve, inspire and educate young people and their families through a broad range of innovative programmes.