Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, hosted their 25th Anniversary Dinner at Stamford Bridge today (Thursday), raising valuable funds to support their work.
During the evening, Kick It Out chief executive Roisin Wood OBE, and other leading football figures took to the stage and discussed the importance of tackling prejudice and hate in football.
There were around 500 people in attendance to help raise funds and awareness, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu among those from Chelsea showing their support.
The 2018/19 season marks 25 years of Kick It Out campaigning for equality in football with the event the perfect opportunity to showcase the work being done in equality across the game, and to bring the football family together to raise essential funds to continue the fight against discrimination.
The evening’s entertainment came from inclusive dance artist, Laura Dajao, and choir Rainbow Singers Across Borders.
Both acts fit with Kick It Out’s inclusive nature with 30-year-old Dajao overcoming multiple sclerosis to continue performing despite the loss of a limb, while Rainbows Across Borders are a voluntary group formed in 2013 to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers who have fled homophobic and transphobic regimes through fear of persecution.
This is the second time Kick It Out has hosted a fundraiser at Stamford Bridge after we supported the organisation two years ago by hosting an unforgettable evening, featuring performances from Ballet Black and the David Idowu Foundation Choir, to help fund the organisation's work in education.