Former Hornets manager donates old football boots at charity's anniversary celebration (From Watford Observer)
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Former Watford FC manager, Graham Taylor, donates old football boots at KitAid’s 15th anniversary celebration
The signed size 7.5 boots were delivered by Taylor when he stepped up to give a speech for charity event at the Hilton Hotel, Watford.
In return he was presented with a number two personalised shirt sent all the way from Ugandan team Stegota FC who have been supported by KitAid.
Taylor, who has been patron of KitAid since 2006, requested that his unusual donation join numerous other donated auction items, including signed Lewis Hamilton caps, a Ryan Giggs autographed football shirt, and Andy Carroll’s football boots.
Taylor is a keen supporter of the charity which has sent more than 200,000 items of unwanted kit around the globe in the past 15 years, including countless Watford FC shirts.
Taylor's boots raised £370 in the auction and more than £6,000 was raised in total.
KitAid founder Derrick William thanked supporters who have helped the charity.
He said: "I am extremely proud of what we have all achieved.
"The common love of football and a desire to work together to help improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the developing world has brought together football clubs from grassroots to the Premiership, to deliver kit to 58 countries on a shoe string budget."
Watford FC and its fans are among the many clubs who regularly donate shirts and other items to KitAid.
The Hornets strip has been sent to all corners of the globe and put smiles on the faces of countless eager new owners.
A KitAid supported project in Lesotho was featured in the premiere of the new KitAid video that was premiered at the event, and the Watford FC kit is now worn in this community.
In addition to the auction and an after dinner speech from Taylor, the event welcomed the world record breaking football "freestyler" Dan Magness and a performance of opera from Jessica Bergman, who is studying at the Royal Academy of Music.
Taylor concluded: "As Patron of KitAid I am pleased and proud to say how much the charity has progressed over the years.
"KitAid brings happiness and laughter to children and adults all over the world by providing them with football kit. Thanks are due to the numerous people who come together to do this."
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