Arsenal and Chelsea stars pick up awards at Willow Foundation ceremony

PUBLISHED: 15:39 07 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:41 07 March 2014

Sir Geoff Hurst presents Roy Hodson with a lifetime achievement award. Photo: Casey Gutteridge

Sir Geoff Hurst presents Roy Hodson with a lifetime achievement award. Photo: Casey Gutteridge

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Football stars past and present, including Aaron Ramsay, Eden Hazard and Roy Hodgson were given awards at a special evening hosted by a Hatfield charity.

Ledley King picks up his Club Legend award from Jimmy Greaves. Photo by Casey GutteridgeLedley King picks up his Club Legend award from Jimmy Greaves. Photo by Casey Gutteridge

The stars were recognised at the London Football Legends Awards, which raised more than £100,000 for the Willow Foundation last night (Thursday).

The charity was set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson to give special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

He lived in Brookmans Park when he set up the cause in 1999, in memory of his daughter Anna, who died from cancer at the age of 31.

England manager, Roy Hogdson, picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award and Tony Carr won the Willow Award, which recognises a legend’s contribution outside of the professional game.

Hazard and Ramsay picked up the London Player of the Year award.

Former Tottenham star Ledley King was crowned Club Legend at the ceremony, hosted by comedian Alan Davies.

More than 20 legends, including Sir Geoff Hurst, Ledley King, Sir Trevor Brooking and Jimmy Greaves, and two of Arsenal’s current first team, Aaron Ramsey & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, were at the event.

To date Willow has fulfilled more than 10,000 Special Days for young people living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, organ failure and Huntington’s.

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