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Jason Roberts Foundation enjoy night to remember at Celebration Dinner

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 14 April 2016

Kelly Sotherton (second left) and Michail Antonio (middle) were among the high-profile guests at the foundation's Celebration dinner in Wembley

Kelly Sotherton (second left) and Michail Antonio (middle) were among the high-profile guests at the foundation's Celebration dinner in Wembley

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More than 270 people were in attendance at the Jason Roberts Foundation's Celebration Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Wembley, on Saturday night.

The charity, which was established in 2007, held the event in order to recognise all they have done in becoming a key driving force for positive social change in the UK and Grenada.

In 2015 alone, the JRF engaged with more than 1,500 young people across London, Grenada, Bristol and Belfast, while also bringing a team to the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam.

The JRF work with young people at risk of homelessness and committing crimes, those excluded from school or struggling in the curriculum, and young people with physical and learning difficulties.

The celebration dinner started with a rum punch reception before a three-course dinner and a sofa panel, formed of West Ham’s Michail Antonio, rugby legend Serge Betsen, Olympic, world and European heptathlon medallist Kelly Sotherton and Roberts himself.

Roberts spoke poignantly, saying: “My foundation is the thing in my career which gives me most pride, and to raise money and awareness for the Homeless World Cup, which is changing young people’s lives by using the beautiful game, is incredible.

“Young people are at the heart of everything we are doing, whether it is disability work, female engagement, or disadvantaged and homeless young people.

“We could not have helped so many people, though, without the generosity and support from the people in this room.

“Thank you to everyone for your support in the past, tonight and in the future.”

Antonio, who donated his match-worn shirt from the Hammers’ 3-3 draw with Arsenal earlier that day, added: “I wanted to make it here to show my support for this great cause.

“I was asked by the Foundation if I could donate a shirt and it was a great pleasure to do so in helping make money for the raffle.

“I’ve been involved with the JRF since the launch of the Hyde League and it was a privilege to be asked to be on the sofa.”

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