THE Bridges bosses and FA Cup legend Micky Horswill have raised cash for charity.
The shopping centre has raised more than £1,000 for its adopted charity, the MS Society, supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis in Sunderland, through a book-signing by the former Black Cats star and a Pancake Toss for Shrove Tuesday.
Micky signed copies of his new book, Booted and Muted, which he co-wrote with former Three Legends radio co-stars Malcolm Macdonald and Bernie Slaven, and asked fans to make a small donation to the MS Society in return for an autograph and a picture.
He said: “It was really kind of The Bridges to let me come into the centre to hold a signing for my new book, so asking my fans for a small contribution for the MS Society seemed like the perfect way to say ‘thank you’.
“The charity is an extremely worthy cause, and I was more than happy to help in raising valuable funds in any way I could.”
The Bridges owner Land Securities is in the second of a two-year partnership with the MS Society.
It raised £100,000 for the charity nationally in its first year.
Centre director Andy Bradley said: “It was great to have a footballing legend like Micky come down to the centre to meet his fans.
“He was here purely to take part in a signing for his new book, so it was lovely for him to make the effort to raise money for our charity partner in the process.
“He certainly proved very popular with our shoppers and his efforts have helped us boost our fund-raising total. We look forward to raising further funds for the charity over the coming months.”
The Pancake Toss chipped in a further £400, with the centre management team joined by members of SAFC’s 1879 Events Management to make treats which were then sold to shoppers.
“The pancake sale and tombola went down a storm and I’m really pleased that shoppers were so supportive of our fund-raising efforts for the MS Society,” said Andy Bradley.