Mosborough Rugby Club is auctioning off shirts as it prepares for a one-off charity match to raise £3,000 for Cancer Research.
The club, based at the Miners’ Welfare Club on Station Road, will play the match on Saturday, August 10, as part of a huge community fundraising day.
The idea came from Heidi Newman, who has been involved with the rugby club since she was eight.
And when her grandad died of cancer just before Christmas last year, she approached the management committee and asked for help to organise a fundraising event – and came up with the idea to auction off places in the starting line-up for a charity match.
“We approached a merchandise firm called Terminator who agreed to donate 20 shirts free of charge. This means every pound we make from the auction goes towards the charity,” said Heidi, aged 28, who teaches at Westfield Sports College.
Former England full-back Mark Cueto, who was guest at the club’s end of season presentation earlier this year, has signed one of the 20 shirts, while two number eight shirts have been produced in memory of former Mosborough player Richard ‘Jouster’ Mace, who died in a house fire in 2008 aged 30.
The first shirt will be auctioned while the second will be signed by former England star Lawrence Dallaglio and framed in the clubhouse.
The bids for shirts have already started pouring in, with offers of between £70 and £400 for some of them.
As well as the charity game, which will be played against Creswell Rugby Club, there will be host of activities for the community, including sports competitions for youngsters, a training session, a raffle and music.
There will also be an exhibition match involving Aussie Rules side Sheffield Thunder.
“It promises to be a wonderful day and we’re hoping for a great turnout,” Heidi said.
To donate, text MOSB84 £2 to 70070.