Nicolas Ruston donates artwork to auction and unveils his latest work at the football museum in Manchester

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Nicolas Ruston is the latest personality to donate to the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction, aiming to raise £1million in memory of English football legend, Sir Bobby Robson.

In 2011 Nicolas was invited by Gordon Taylor OBE, PFA Chief Executive and long-term supporter of Breakthrough Breast Cancer to see the life-saving and cutting-edge research carried out at the charity’s unit in Manchester.

Further visits to the Manchester Unit and viewings of the PFA’s impressive art collection inspired Nicolas to create his latest work for the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction.

On show at the Football Museum in Manchester until 19 August, the work portrays a tattered football alongside a breast cancer cell, addressing the relationship between charity, sport and science in an insightful way.

Nicolas joins a growing list of donators including Tottenham Hotspur Manager Andre Villas-Boas, English cricketer Graeme Swann, radio station talkSPORT and lorry company, Eddie Stobart.

Confirmed auction prizes for 2013 include a VIP trip to next year’s F1 in Monaco by private ‘Eclipse’ jet, a Tottenham Hotspur experience including a lunch with Manager, Andre Villas-Boas, a week sailing on a luxury catamaran ‘Akasha’, all inclusive for ten people, around the British Virgin Isles, a one-on-one personal bowling tuition with England professional cricketer Graeme Swann at Lords and a world cruise for two experiencing the sights of Europe, the Far East and the Caribbean onboard Fred. Olsen cruise ship, the ‘Balmoral’.

In 2011, Jose Mourinho famously donated his FIFA Ballon D’Or 2010 World Coach of the Year Award Trophy to the auction, raising an incredible £26,000.

Other sporting stars who donated in 2011 include Sir Alex Ferguson, Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola, Andre Villas Boas, Alan Pardew, Arsene Wenger, Lewis Hamilton, Gary Lineker, Graeme Swann and David Beckham.

Taking place from 10 – 27 October, the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction, which is proudly backed by BT Sport as its headline supporter, will raise crucial funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within two Suffolk Hospitals.

With many more auction lots for 2013 still to be announced, be sure to not miss out by registering your interest in the online auction at

Gordon Taylor OBE, PFA Chief Executive, comments: “I have been an avid supporter of Breakthrough for many years and invited Nicolas to see the lifesaving research carried out at the Manchester unit. I’m delighted to see that his visit to the unit has resulted in such a way. This inspired piece of art will soon be auctioned off at the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction to raise further funds for cancer research. Nicolas’ work draws comparisons between sport, charity and science and addresses the strong relationship the PFA have with Breakthrough Breast Cancer.”

Maurice Watkins CBE, Chair North West Appeal, comments: “How wonderful to see that this great piece of art has been inspired by Nicolas’ visit to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Unit in Manchester and the PFA Headquarters. Nicolas has managed to capture the relationship between sport and charity in an insightful and interesting way. I encourage everyone to come down the Football Museum and see the work for themselves and bid on the piece in the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction.”