A former professional footballer who went on to brave the jungle and became a TV personality is heading to Burton to raise cash for a hospice caring for children with life-limiting illnesses.
Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, who was once capped by England, had a football career spanning 17 years and will now be star of the night at a sportsman’s dinner, to be held at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium.
The event, which is being organised by former Burton Albion player Danny Holmes, will raise money for the Donna Louise Trust Children’s Hospice.
Ruddock made his debut at Millwall, having been associated with the club since he was 13. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Queen’s Park Rangers and Swindon Town.
For those who are not fans of the beautiful game, Ruddock also appeared on the third series of I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! and went on to record a charity single of Jungle Rock with fellow contestants Lord Brocket, Peter Andre and Mike Read.
In 2006, he was involved in the TV show Razor Ruddock's Pass and Move Soccer School where he coached children released by football academies and he appeared in James May’s Man Lab on BBC Two in 2011, among other television appearances.
Mr Holmes, who is now a coach at Derby County Football Club, said: "I have decided to organise the evening to help raise money for the Donna Louise Trust Children's Hospice as I have been to a few of their charity balls in the past through my friend Rory Delap, who is a patron of the charity.
"During one of these charity balls I pledged to raise £100 for them and so this got me to the idea of organising a sportsman’s dinner to hopefully raise as much money as possible.
"The charity does some fantastic work to help children and their families during tough times and so it is a cause well worthy of supporting.
"I used to play at Burton Albion quite a few years ago now, and have some good friends and contacts who are still at the club and so they are helping me with the organisation.
"I have ex-Liverpool football player Neil Ruddock coming to speak on the evening, who is meant to be very funny and so it should be an enjoyable evening. We will be having an auction among other table games to raise money on the night as well as a sit down three-course meal."
The event will be held at Pirelli Stadium, in Princess Way, on Thursday, September 7 with people urged to arrive at 7pm to be seated at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £50 per person, or £500 for tables of 10, and will include a three-course meal.
Tickets are available from Mr Holmes by calling 07791 561696 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org