On 14th May, a team made up of Millwall Legends will take on decorated members of the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (PWRR) in a special one-off charity event.
Under the watchful eye of Les Briley - who famously captained Millwall to the top-flight for the first time in the club's history in 1988 - the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Maik Taylor, Sean Sparham, Jimmy Carter, Gary Alexander, Kevin Bremner, Mark Beard, Stuart Nethercott and David Livermore will face stiff competition from PWRR, managed by Brian Wood MC.
A former Colour Sergeant in the PWRR, Brian was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain's highest military honors, in recognition of his supreme bravery during an intense firefight in Iraq. In the heat of a ferocious close quarters battle, Brian seized the initiative and - with complete disregard for his own safety - led his men on one of the only fixed bayonet attacks the British Army has seen since the Falklands.
In doing so, he neutralised the threat, enabled his fellow soldiers to extract to safety and no doubt saved many lives.
Brian is a dedicated supporter of his former Regiment and continues to raise vital funds with the Friends of the PWRR, on behalf of the Reigment's Benevolent Fund. He is a regular visitor to The Den and is honored to lead his team out against the Millwall Legends and to support soldiers and veterans, including those who face life-changing injuries as a result of serving their country.
Sargeant Jay Baldwin has first-hand experience of the support that the Benevolent Fund can offer.
On 31st January 2012, whilst serving in Afghanistan, Sergeant Baldwin stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), losing both his legs below the knee. Jay struggled to adapt to prosthetic limbs and as a result, he was often limited to using his wheelchair.
"I was having a terrible time with my limbs," he said. "I wanted to walk, but my stumps wouldn't let me. I wondered if I would ever walk again without pain. It was very dispiriting and I was missing out on time with my family."
Thanks to the sustained fundraising efforts of the charity, Jay was able to undergo life-changing surgery known as Osseointergration. A new form of prosthesis, this procedure offers pain-free mobility, giving the sensation of walking naturally. At the time of the operation, he was only the third British Citizen to ever undergo it.
"These bionic limbs give you back the sensation and feel of being on normal legs," added Jay. "I seriously cannot thank you all enough for the support I have received."
The Millwall Legends v PWRR Tigers charity match is an opportunity to raise funds in order to support soldiers such as Jay, as well as those who are finding it difficult to adjust to life after military service, or just need a helping hand from an organisation they can trust.
VIP packages are currently on sale and offer a chance to meet the Legends team and Members of the Regiment at a hosted dinner after the event. Click here
General access tickets are also on sale and can be purchased by clicking here