Cricketer Graeme Swann supports charity auction

British cricketer Graeme Swann and Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas are lending their support to the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Charity Auction.

The Nottinghamshire bowler is part of a committee of volunteers behind Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction which takes place in October 2013 with the aim of raising £1 million to help fight cancer.

Anyone is able to donate a prize to the auction, which will generate funds for the Sir Bobby Robson foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within two Suffolk hospitals.

Graeme is offering one-on-one personal bowling tuition while Andre is also donating his time to have lunch with two football fans following a training session at Tottenham Hotspur’s new training centre.

The prizes are just two of many up for grabs at the auction which is looking to raise £1 million for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and two Suffolk Hospitals.

Back in 2011 Swann donated a VIP test match experience for the first Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction, but for this year’s auction, he’s donating a personal training session at Lord’s.

Swann said: “It’s a fantastic cause, going towards the treatment of cancer, not only on the North East, but also in Suffolk and across the country.

“Bobby Robson is a legend to me because I’m a Newcastle United fan, and the auction is something that I’m really privileged to be a part of.”

In December 2009, Swann became the first English spinner to take 50 wickets in a calendar year, culminating in back-to-back man of the match awards in the first two Tests of the tour of South Africa and rising to third place in the world rankings for bowlers.

In March 2010, Swann became the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a match when he achieved the feat in England’s victory in the first Test in Bangladesh. In May, he was named ECB Cricketer of the Year. In 2011 Swann was part of the England team that claimed the number 1 ranking in Test cricket and between July and October that year was the number 1 ranked bowler in ODIs. He is also a part time musician with his band, Dr Comfort and the Lurid Revelations.

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