Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Signed by rugby heroes and yours for charity

RUGBY fans are being asked to get shirty for a good cause.

Workers at Swansea Council's transportation department are auctioning off two autographed rugby shirts to raise money for Children in Need.

The shirts, a 2009 British Lions t-shirt and a Wales international jersey, have each been signed by current Welsh stars and coaching staff.

Warren Gatland, Shane Williams, Lee Byrne, Stephen Jones, Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins are among those to have signed the tops.

Customer services officer Paul Williams started the ball rolling in the summer.

He said: "I travelled to South Africa to watch the Lions a few months ago and Wales Team Manager Allan Phillips was leading the tour I was on. Children in Need is a fabulous charity and Allan managed to get the Welsh players and coaches on the Lions tour to sign a Lions jersey during the trip.

"I also made contact with Allan after the tour and he arranged for the players and coaches to sign a Welsh international top before the All Blacks match in Cardiff.

"We're now going to auction the tops off and the money from the winning bid will go to Children in Need."

People can take part in the auction by emailing their bid and contact details to paul.williams3@swansea.gov.uk by noon on Friday November 20.

Paul has started the bidding process off at £50 a top.

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