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Spurs increase support for Mums Matter campaign

Mums Matter Ambassador Scott Parker
Mums Matter Ambassador Scott Parker

Our long-term supporters Tottenham Hotspur are dedicating their match against Blackburn Rovers this coming Sunday 29th April to raising awareness of Mums Matter, SOS Children’s campaign to highlight the role that over 5,000 SOS mothers play in improving the lives of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

Although the Mums Matter campaign has now finished, you can still learn all about the work of our fantastic SOS Mothers.

Mums Matter Ambassador and Spurs’ midfielder Scott Parker has spoken in an interview (see video, below) about what his mum means to him: "Your mother’s such an important role in your upbringing…someone you can talk to when you’ve got problems, someone who shows you love and cares for you.”

Scott believes that the upbringing he received from his mother has been key to his professional success, and is eager to explain why the initiative is close to his heart: “I couldn't have achieved what I wanted in my career without the support and dedication of my mum.  So for me, it is unimaginable to think that so many children worldwide are growing up without the love and care of parents and especially mothers: that's why I'm supporting the Mums Matter campaign.”

Spurs have supported our work since 2007, helping to fund and construct the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg, South Africa. Every Spurs player already sponsors an SOS child.  Their support will encourage football fans to help us to give more children around the world a great mum and the best possible opportunity to lead a happy, successful and fulfilling life.

This Sunday – in a hugely important match that will affect final positions at the top and bottom of the Premier League – Spurs players will warm up for their game in Mums Matter campaign t-shirts and details of the initiative, including stories about the work that SOS mothers do all over the world,  will be included in the match day programme. In a bid to raise money for the ongoing work of SOS Children, 5% of Spurs shop sales on the day of the match will be donated to the campaign and the Mums Matter text giving details will feature on the pitch-side LED banners, encouraging fans to text MUMS55 with the amount they wish to donate to 70070. SOS Children volunteers will also carry out bucket collections and hand out stickers to fans who donate.

At the end of March, Spurs launched a fan competition which encouraged supporters to send in or tweet a video showing how they would celebrate a goal for their mum. An SOS child, Isaac Pearce, who is 12 years old, from Rustenburg, is one of the entries for the competition, showing off his back flip celebration. Five entries will be chosen by Spurs to feature on the big screen at half time during Sunday’s game.  A winner will be chosen by cheers from the crowd. Prizes are a signed match ball and a signed shirt from Spurs player Gareth Bale.

You can watch the game on Sky Sports at 4.00pm.