James Milner Foundation breaks through £1million barrier during charity event in Manchester

8th January 2020

What an amazing event! It was announced on the night that the JMF had raised an astonishing £1,000,000 for the various charities they work with. Bellagio Global are extremely pleased to announce that at this event our watches enabled the charity to raise £19,500 by donating our special edition watches, making our total raised for the foundation almost £100,000. We are very proud to support the James Milner Foundation.

The James Milner Foundation crashed through the £1million barrier for funds raised with a glitzy event in Manchester on Sunday night.

The Reds midfielder set up the charity organisation eight years ago and reached the milestone over the weekend at an event that was attended by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and several of Milner’s Anfield team-mates, including captain Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Adam Lallana also came out to support their team-mate and his charitable cause.

The ‘A Night in Hollywood’ ball was held at Event City in Manchester and tipped the amount of money raised over the last eight years of the Foundation beyond the million-pound mark after over £60,000 was spent at a sports auction in Liverpool city centre on Thursday afternoon.

The evening’s festivities were headlined by Kaiser Chiefs with over 900 guests in attendance at the Hollywood-style ball that was organised by Entertainment Today Events.

Proceeds from the ball will go towards the work of the Foundation, which aims to promote healthy recreation for the benefit of young people in the United Kingdom.

The funds raised will also be used to benefit and promote national charities such as the NSPCC, Bloodwise, MNDA and Help for Heroes.

Auction and raffle prizes snapped up at the event included a ‘meet and greet’ with Little Mix, the chance to play paddle tennis with Klopp, a five-star holiday to LA, tickets to The Voice final, a meet and greet with Olly Murs and a round of golf with Lallana and host Milner.

“Thanks to everyone at the #jmfcharityball. With all of your support we’ve hit the £1,000,000 raised mark.” the Foundation posted on their Instagram account.

The Manchester event comes hot on the heels of Thursday’s charity lunch at Liverpool’s Hilton hotel.

The lunch, which was laid on by Formby-based Opus Events , kicked off with Milner on stage answering questions from host Jerry Earl as the Reds star discussed some of the milestone moments in a career that has spanned over 17 years.

The 33-year-old talked through his debut at Leeds as a 16-year-old and some of his experiences across a four-year stay at Anfield that included June’s Champions League final triumph.

Milner also gave a poignant get-well message to former Leeds team-mate and Reds defender Dominic Matteo as he continues to recover from a surgery on a brain tumour earlier this month.

Explaining the organisation’s work last week, Milner told the ECHO: “The Foundation has been going about eight years or so, We started with Help for Heroes and NSPCC and then we added Bloodwise which was because of (former Aston Villa team-mate) Stiliyan Petrov when he was diagnosed with leukeamia.

“And then, last year, we added Motor Neurone too, for Stephen Darby after he was diagnosed, so I think we’re at over £800,000 [raised], and we’re hoping that will break the million pound barrier on Sunday.

“As well as the four major ones in NSPCC, Help for Heroes, Bloodwise and MNDA, we also support other initiatives in the north, so the last few years we have supported the Liverpool Foundation and put on football camps for kids who can’t afford to go, so that’s the point of that.”