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A Sporting Night To Remember!

Make-A-Wish UK

The Sports Dinner was a magical night of smiles where minigames and prize auctions complemented emotive wish stories to help raise over £150,000 to grant the wishes of seriously ill children.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when John Terry took to the stage to speak about the impact the charity has on seriously ill children after he was given our first ever #WishMaker award. He spoke about his “little mate” Oscar, who he met through Make-A-Wish in 2012. John Terry described the “heart-breaking” tragedy of Oscar losing his battle to leukaemia when he was just 9 years old.

John Terry said: “The impact a wish has on the kid and the family is phenomenal and I’ve seen that first hand. I am truly honoured to accept this award.” 

John Terry talked about Oscar coming to the training ground often to meet the players, which lifted Oscar’s spirits whenever he was feeling low.

Oscar with john terry smiling holding football boots

John was presented with the #WishMaker award by Oscar’s dad Matt Pisano. Matt and John Terry’s close connection was clear to see as the pair embraced in a hug following Matt’s speech about his charismatic little boy. 

Jonathan Joseph, England rugby star, said “It was so inspirational to see so many people coming together in aid of seriously ill children. I was extremely moved by the whole event”

John Terry attended alongside more than 300 other guests, including Jonathan Joseph, Ben Foden and his wife Una Healy, Make-A-Wish patron Alec Stewart OBE, cox Zoe de Toledo, kayaker Dr Tim Brabants MBE, ice skater Robin Cousins, fencer Richard Kruse, Welsh rugby professional Lenny Woodard, England rugby 7s Captain Tom Mitchell and equestrian Mary King MBE.

Judoka Sally Conway, beach volleyball players Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory, skiers Chemmy Alcott and Graham Bell joined them, together with swimmers Susie Rodgers and Charlotte Henshaw, Paralympian Rachel Morris, wheelchair sprinter Kare Adenegan, as well as Kirsty Mackay and Hollie Webb, from Rio’s victorious GB hockey team.

The Sports Dinner, sponsored by Legacy Education Alliance, Inc. took place at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel and included a champagne reception before dinner in the ball room and performances by West End Kids and Britain’s Got Talent magician Jamie Raven.