Owls striker raises vital cash for charity

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Sheffield Wednesday striker Connor Wickham has raised more than £1,500 for charity after taking to Twitter to issue a fundraising appeal.

The on-loan striker tweeted ‘11th minute of 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month #payRespect @HelpforHeroes’ on Monday –and promised to donate 10p for every retweet of his post during a one-hour period.

He is now set to donate £1,730 to Help for Heroes.

The England Under 21s striker used his Twitter account to raise cash for the charity on Armistice Day.

Following the two-minute silence observed across the UK at 11am, Wickham revealed the result, which led to more than 17,000 retweets.

He responded: “17.3k retweets is amazing. Meaning £1,730 to @HelpforHeroes. A big thank you to everyone who retweeted.”

The 20-year-old is on loan at Hillsborough from Sunderland, and scored his first goal for Dave Jones’ side in their win over Reading last week.

He rejoined the club earlier this month after a similar loan spell last season.

Wickham has started in Wednesday’s last two matches.