Next week, Lord Attenborough, Chelsea’s Life President, celebrates his 90th birthday. On Wednesday night volunteers from his chosen charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, will be at Stamford Bridge collecting funds before our game against Aston Villa.

An award-winning, world-renowned actor and director, Richard Attenborough first became involved with the charity in 1962, more than 50 years ago, and served as its president for 33 years, during which time he was helping spread stardust at the Bridge by bringing friends such as Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and Laurence Olivier to watch Chelsea in action. He also served as a club director between 1969 and 1982.

Lord Attenborough remains a tireless and dedicated supporter of both Chelsea and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, so to say ‘thank you’, the club has invited fundraisers to the Bridge for our second home game of the season, and supporters at the game are asked to please give what you can to help support the fight against a condition for which there is no known cure, affecting 70,000 children and adults in the UK.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity supporting all the individuals and families living with devastating muscle wasting conditions; and leads the search for possible treatments and cures.

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