More than £25,000 was raised at a high-profile event in memory of Addicks supporter Rob Knox last Thursday.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson was among over 400 guests at The Valley for the charity dinner.
As speeches were made and auctions carried out, there was a vivid reminder of the reason why everyone was present in SE7. Outside in the north-west quadrant, the darkness was broken only by a solitary spotlight, picking out the seat that Knox, who was murdered in May 2008, used to sit in.
A Charlton shirt bearing his name on the reverse was draped over the seat, and Charlton Community Trust chief executive Jason Morgan said the event was both a fitting tribute and a great opportunity to heighten awareness of the danger of street violence.
“The evening was a huge success,” he said. “We will know the exact amount that was raised in the next few days, but it was certainly more than £25,000. We were overwhelmed by the support we achieved, and I would like to thank Sir Paul Stephenson, Barry and Margaret Mizen and Richard Taylor in particular for attending.”
Jason added: “I would also like to thank everyone who attended, especially those who generously donated to the cause on the evening. Also, special thanks to the Daily Mirror and Sky, plus Regular Cleaning Services, PHB construction Ltd, C&M contracts (UK) Ltd and INTEN for their sponsorship of the night.”
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