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Last Updated: Friday, 20 May, 2005, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Mourinho's jacket boosts charity
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
The day-long charity event was held at Stamford Bridge
The auction of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's "lucky" jacket has helped to raise around 545,000 for Tsunami Relief and other charities.

Organiser Marc Thompson said one bidder had paid 22,000 for Mourinho's coat at the fundraiser at Stamford Bridge.

The event was organised by four friends, including Michael Holland, who lost his wife, daughter and mother in the Asian tsunami.

Mr Holland is the son-in-law of film director Lord Attenborough.

Members of the British oil industry rallied round at the football ground to help raise funds for victims of the Boxing Day tragedy.

Emotional event

Lord Attenborough, who is Chelsea life-president, gave an emotional speech at a reception held at the football ground before the auction.

"Most of these guys are pretty hardened oil traders and there were a few crying," Mr Thompson said.

"He (Lord Attenborough) broke down a couple of times."

During the event on Thursday, 24 teams - mainly made up from the oil industry - paid 13,637 each to play football at Chelsea, bidding extra to have a star player on side.

Other items to go under the hammer included a day at Chelsea with Lord and Lady Attenborough and a rare print of the original Stamford Bridge signed by Mourinho and the squad.

The event also raised funds for an African foundation and cancer charity CLIC Sargent.


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