Little Charity for Ken's Girl at Bridge; SPORTS AGENDA

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Byline: CHARLES SALE

THE fallout from former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates's acrimonious split with the club has even impacted on his daughter Fiona's admirable charity work.

Fiona Mathews, a daughter from Bates's first marriage, organised a fashion show last Thursday in the Galleria hospitality room at Stamford Bridge, with the proceeds going to the Mathews Harland Trust to help educate children with learning difficulties.

Fiona, as in previous charity events she has staged at Chelsea, expected to put down a deposit for the facility in advance and pay the balance after she had collected funding from the function.

Instead, she was told that she would have to pay - on 'orders from above' - the entire [pounds sterling]4,900 fee before going ahead with the show, which featured top models Jodie Kidd and Marie Helvin and designer Paul Costelloe.

A stunned Fiona needed to find outside help to raise the cash for this unprecedented Chelsea demand. The event later raised [pounds sterling]25,000 for the charity, with Bates senior paying [pounds sterling]1,600 for some Costelloe- designed cutlery which he has given to former Chelsea favourite Dennis Wise as a wedding present.

A Chelsea spokesman said: 'This is nothing to do with the football club and there are no representatives of Roman Abramovich on the site.'

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