Amazing auction of exclusive Liverpool FC memorabilia raises thousands for The Christie
Press Release Posted 15 May 2012
Liverpool Football Club physiotherapist, Chris
Morgan, has raised over £12,000 from an auction of exclusive
match-worn memorabilia for The Christie in Manchester. The auction,
which closed on Saturday, featured one-off collectables from the
club including a home strip shirt signed and worn by Steven Gerrard
in the FA cup win over Manchester United earlier this year for
LFC fans are still in with a chance to win a Carling Cup Final
shirt signed by the first team by entering a raffle by sponsoring
him just £5 via his JustGiving page,
Chris, 32, pledged his support for The Christie after his friend
and colleague, Gary Ablett, was treated at the specialist cancer
centre for non-hodgkins lymphoma. Sadly, Gary lost his life, aged
just 46, earlier this year. In 2011, Chris raised over £23,000 and
this year he is trying to beat the impressive sum with a goal of
£27,000 which would make a massive total of £50,000. In addition to
Chris' online fundraising he is also running the Great Manchester
Run on 20th May and cycling a three day coast-to-coast
bike ride across the North of England.
Chris, who has been a physio at LFC for seven seasons now,
auctioned a number of signed match-worn shirts from members of the
Liverpool squad including Suarez, Agger, Reina and Carragher.
This year, Chris' dedication to The Christie has been spurred on
by the fact that his dad is now also being treated for non-hodgkins
lymphoma at the Manchester cancer centre.
Chris said: "The auction went down a storm and I had some last
minute high bidders fighting for the Gerrard shirt. It was quite
exciting to see the bids increase as I know what a difference the
funds raised will make to The Christie.
"The Christie is a very special place to many people. As I am
originally from south Manchester, I was always aware of the
Christie when I was growing up; a number of my family members have
been treated there and my dad has just completed a course of
chemotherapy for his illness. I want to thank the amazing staff and
experts who treated Gary and now my dad.
"I'm in the lucky position of being able to access these shirts
through the generosity of the Liverpool players and am hoping that
I can raise even more funds than last year. The shirts were real
collector's items, they'll be some very happy people out there who
know they've bagged an extra-special piece of memorabilia and have
helped The Christie continue to help the lives of people affected
"Cancer is something that will affect us all in one way or
another; The Christie is the largest cancer specialist hospital in
Europe and a world leader in cancer research so my support isn't
just about the patients they treat today; it's about helping fund
the research that will help treat the patients of tomorrow.
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