ohn Terry has defended fans charging £100 for autographs on his one-man tour and insisted all proceeds from his one-man tour go to his charity foundation.
The former Chelsea captain begins his ‘evening with John Terry’, which began with the first date in Basingstoke last week. But all the headlines focused on how, on top of the £30 for a ticket, it cost an extra £100 to get his autograph and £500 to be one of ten to enjoy a two-course meal with Terry.
Other packages on offer include an extra £110 for front row seats and a photo with Terry but without a signature. Pay an additional £150 for the ‘Platinum Package’, which includes a meet and greet but no autograph. The ex-footballer has been widely criticized over the prices amid the ongoing cost of living crisis.
Terry, who is traveling to Bournemouth in October, London in November and Birmingham in January, has now explained why the prices are so high, but also said all the money would go to his foundation to help sick children.
“Hi guys, I just wanted to address the stories the press are doing about me charging fans £100 for signatures, photos and drinks or whatever,” he said on Instagram on Tuesday night.
“The big thing – and this is very important – the big thing they forgot to mention is that all the proceeds from these events that I did – and the only reason I signed up – is because To raise money for my foundation. for the John Terry 26 Foundation.
“I started my foundation about seven or eight months ago because I wanted to do something personal and distinct where I would eventually host a gala dinner, golf events throughout the year, and any opportunity to raise money for my foundation.”
“I have worked very closely with various charities over the last 22 years as Chelsea captain and have seen many terminally ill and sick children, which has always been and always will be very close to my heart.” Be.
“So instead of doing it for a specific charity, I’ve been focusing on my own foundation for the last six or seven months.”
“And this tour that I’m doing, this question-and-answer session that I’m doing, is part of that.
“But as I said, the most important thing the press forgot to write about is that all the proceeds come from this event.” [will go to charity]. And I didn’t want that to be made public, and I agreed on that with the guys because I don’t think it’s right to make it public.
“But now that they have raised the issue, I will address it. So every penny from these events goes to my John Terry 26 Foundation.”
“I apologize for being a day or two late, but I will address why I didn’t address it yesterday: because I was once again working on a charity day for BGC in London and of course the very sad news of the World Trade Center and something I have done for the last five or six years and will continue to do.
“But again, giving my time and my day to all these charities is something that is very important to me and I will never stop doing it. Actually, it’s really frustrating for me, and I’m just tired of the press writing s*** over and over again.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-fc-john-terry-tour-autograph-b1106642.html Chelsea legend John Terry explains why he charges his fans £100 for an autograph