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Tim Henman at SporTedd’s fund-raising dinner

Tennis star Tim Henman held the room captive with his story telling with interviewer Trevor Alldridge

Tennis favourite Tim Henman was the special guest at SporTedd’s latest fund-raising dinner at The Wharf in Teddington and served up a tantalising menu of stories and recollections from his amazing career, which including four appearances as a semi-finalist at the Wimbledon Championships.

Tim happily posed for with SporTedd guest Charlie Bronks and cardboard cut-out guests

As well as offering a great insight into the life of a top tennis player in a Q and A interview with SporTedd member Trevor Alldridge, he spent 40 minutes taking questions from the floor about his memories and his choice of greatest players as well as his support for newcomer Emma Radacanu when she took the tennis world by storm last year and won the US Open.

Tim made time to meet many of the tennis fan guests including Juliet Dexter

There was also a very special moment for guest Ann Urqhuart, aged 89 who has attended over SIXTY Wimbledon tournaments and Tim spent several minutes talking to her – despite admitting Roger Federer was her favourite player. She did say she had a signed photo of Tim on her wall….next to one of Federer.

Her son in law, David Hogben, also a SporTedd member, said: “Thank you SporTedd for a wonderful evening. It  made my mother-in-law’s day  and Tim was just so nice to her. He was a great guest funny, and very interesting and very generous in spending time with Ann.”

The event was attended by just under 100 guests and raised just over £3000 with a raffle offering up tickets for Sir Elton John’s concert in Watford, a £250 voucher for Margaret Howell, tickets for the Premiership Rugby Final next Saturday, giant tennis balls signed by Tim Henman and even a cardboard cut-out of Tim raised another £50 and a bottle of port from the SAS.

Tim happily helped draw the raffle with his cardboard image looking on closely