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Jack Leslie Campaign Christmas Raffle Party!

The Jack Leslie Campaign is having a “virtual” Christmas party, with special guests including singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, and YOU are invited!
When: Saturday 19th December, 5pm-5.30pm

Where: Live on our Facebook page (

Why: To celebrate an amazing year, and to draw the Jack Leslie Raffle!

This event also supports the Campaign and Devon MIND charity

Dress code: Argyle or Christmas attire

What you need: buy a raffle ticket, grab a mince pie and a glass of Sherry, and help us celebrate the end of an amazing year, with:

*Update on Campaign

*Live raffle draw

*special guests!

Our guests include:-

Jamie Lawson

Members of Jack Leslie’s family

Former Argyle and Ipswich Town player John Peddelty

Bill HERN and David Gleave, authors of FOOTBALLS BLACK PIONEERS (a signed copy of which will be a bonus raffle prize!)

And more….

Christmas Raffle in support of the campaign and Mind Devon

We’ve teamed with the Jack Leslie Raffle (@LeslieRaffle on Twitter) to raffle off some fantastic Plymouth Argyle items in support of both the Campaign and Mind Devon. Here’s your chance to win a wide range of Argyle Themed Prizes including

Prize 1 –  A Signed 20/21 Home Argyle Shirt by Plymouth Argyle’s 20/21 Squad

Prize 2 – A Signed 12/13  Home Argyle Shirt by Guy Branston

Prize 3 – A Signed 19/20 Home Argyle Shirt by Joel Grant

Prize 4 – A Signed 20/21 Home Argyle Shirt, signed by former player and Campaign supporter Cherno Samba!

Prize 5 – Argyle Top Trumps and Monopoly Set

Prize 6 – A Signed Pair of Gloves by Luke McCormick

Prize 7 – A Pin Set donated by COYG Badges

Prize 8 – A Signed 01/02 Home Argyle Shirt by Paul Connolly 

Prize 9- signed copy of newly published book Football’s Black Pioneers !

Just follow these Simple Instructions:

1. If you haven’t already got a PayPal Account, register at their Website or on their App.

2. Next go to this link – and donate money based on how many tickets you would want – £2 for 1, £4 for 2 etc. There is no limit on tickets. 

3. Make sure the “Paying for goods or a service” is NOT ticked.

4. Add a note with your name and a way of contacting (Phone Number, Social Media or Email) where it says “Add Note”. Make sure it is sufficiently clear for us to contact you if you win!

5. Your name is then placed into a random wheel generator, in accordance with how many tickets you have purchased (eg if you have paid £6, your name is entered 3 times)

6. The Raffle will then take place SATURDAY 19TH DECEMBER at 5:00PM! We will live stream the draw on our Facebook Page.

7. The winners will then be contacted and the prizes delivered.

Good Luck!

PS – If you win a prize other than the one you want, obviously it is yours to dispose of as you feel fit, but you can if you wish can gift your prize to either the Argyle Fans Trust or Argyle Community Trust, who can use a gift of this type to carry on their amazing work!


1 Read more about how and why we have teamed up with Devon Mind, in this personal blog from our youth ambassador and raffle organiser Jamie Burton here. (You can follow Jamie on twitter as @LeslieRaffle )

2 The Jack Leslie Campaign is able to run this small society raffle having registered with the Licensing Authority (Plymouth CC)

3 We are grateful to all at PAFC and in particular Kevin Nancekivell for supporting this raffle, and all the players and legends for donating prizes!

(See our supporters list here )

Putting our MINDs Together – guest blog by raffle founder Jamie Burton

When I first thought of the idea of raising funds by-way-of a Raffle for the Campaign I had no idea I would end up where I am now with over £3,000 raised, Youth Ambassador for the Jack Leslie Campaign itself and having talked to some of my favourite footballers.

Now in a time where festive giving is at its most important, a time where we need to look out for each other, I am pleased to announce that the Jack Leslie Raffle has partnered with Mind’s Devon Branch and will be splitting the funds of the Argyle-Edition Christmas Special Raffle between the Campaign and Mind.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They routinely campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind, the Campaign Team and myself at the Raffle strongly believe that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone especially in a time of lockdowns and social distancing coming up to the Christmas Period.

It is for those reasons that I proposed to founders Greg and Matt that we do our part to help the Community, Club and City where Jack played and was tragically told he would be denied his chance to play for England as England’s first black player. There was an instant agreement that this would be an excellent plan; from that agreement I got in contact with Andre Pusey, Marketing and Fundraising Officer at Devon Mind, to speak to him about the Raffle and express our support for Mind. 

The Jack Leslie Campaign is a fantastic cause, and we’re honoured and grateful to be a part of it through the Christmas raffle. Equality and diversity are huge priorities for Devon Mind right now, and we are exploring ways in which we can better ensure that our support services reach those groups disproportionately affected by mental health problems. The campaign’s support of the charity will contribute to our efforts in this area.” – Andre Pusey, Marketing and Fundraising Officer at Devon Mind.

After finalising the details, I messaged our expert graphic and image designer James Curno, known as MayflowerD7, who has been excellent in both creating eye-catching images and graphics for the Campaign and Raffle – even creating postcards which we gave out at our workshop at The Box! He began creating the designs which you’ll see throughout the time the Argyle-Edition Christmas Special Raffle tickets are on sale for.

Which brings us here! Although I don’t want to reveal too much just yet about prizes I can say there will be over 5 Argyle-Themed Prizes including signed shirts and gaming gifts that can be won when the Raffle is launched over @LeslieRaffle on Twitter on the 9th December – so go drop a follow to keep updated!

Invitation to Sculptors

The Jack Leslie Campaign is inviting prospective sculptors to confirm their interest in creating a quality statue of Jack Leslie.

The Campaign has hit its original minimum fund-raising target, and hopes to deliver a statue at Home Park next year (2021 being the Centenary year of Jack Leslie arriving in Plymouth) .

However, our fundraising continues as we seek to create the best possible statue, on a suitable plinth with surrounding information, and lighting, as well as continuing with our education work (1).

The Campaign has already been contacted by many prospective sculptors who are enthusiastic about this fantastic opportunity. (2) This includes highly acclaimed sculptors with great experience and expertise, as well as up-and-coming artists.

Now, as the first part of the commissioning process, the Campaign is looking to cast the potential net as wide as possible, to ensure as diverse a range of ideas and expertise as possible. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit expressions of interest and are invited to contact the Campaign by mid-day on 31st December 2020 by email to

All that is required at this stage is contact details: email and telephone, and links to a website or any portfolio pieces. Please do not send written brochures or materials.

All those who have expressed an interest, both before and after this call out, will then receive further instructions on the commissioning and selection process, the criteria, and an opportunity to submit more initial design ideas to meet those criteria. 

On receipt of these, the co-founders, who have taken advice from experts in the field and will continue to do so (3), will draw up an initial “long-list” to be discussed with the committee and family.

After further enquiries including interviews, a final short-list will be compiled before the difficult but exciting decision is made to select and commission the final winning design.

At the appropriate stages, the Campaign will consult with key partners and, of course, Jack’s family.

But for now, we are taking the first step, by throwing out an invitation to sculptors to get in touch, and for the public to spread the word to encourage as many talented artists as possible to contact us.


1 The campaign is particularly keen to hear from businesses who would like to get involved. These extra funds will not only help the statue project, but also the educational work involving the monument and the Jack Leslie story. Please contact us for more information:

2 Some sculptors have already submitted design ideas, and even maquettes (a scaled model of what a prospective statue may look like). These are all welcome, but no promises or commitments have been made, and the formal process starts now.

3 The Campaign is also interested in taking advice from those from or with links to diverse communities. If funds allow, we shall consider hiring a creative consultant in this area. As we intend to spend the money raised so far on creating the statue, we would love a company to sponsor this area of project work – please get in touch if you would like to assist with this by email to