Mum hopes striker Torres will help her support country’s defenders

Lorraine Kirkham. Lorraine Kirkham with football shirts she is raffling for Help for heroes.
Lorraine Kirkham. Lorraine Kirkham with football shirts she is raffling for Help for heroes.
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FERNANDO Torres may be Chelsea’s number nine... but fundraising mum Lorraine Kirkham is hoping his football shirt’s going to be worth a lot more than that.

Lorraine, aged 53, from Aston, is auctioning a shirt signed by the Spanish World Cup-winning star, plus a top and a football, both signed by the entire Chelsea squad.

She aims to raise hundreds of pounds at least for injured servicemen’s charity Help for Heroes.

Lorraine, whose son was a former member of the Coldstream Guards, has spent the last two years raising money tirelessly for the charity.

So far the determined mum has collected a staggering £35,000.

Her most recent fundraiser, a table top sale in the market foyer at Crystal Peaks, generated £2,000.

Lorraine, a Sheffield Markets security officer, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has donated money, bought merchandise from me, or donated gifts and stock to help me do my table top sales.

“I have met some wonderful people, and the money I’ve raised proves the warmth and generosity of the Sheffield public for our armed forces is still as strong as ever.”

n Email lolyjon@talktalk.net to bid on the Chelsea goodies.