Kind-hearted locals continue to pitch in with donations for auction

GENEROUS locals have continued to throw their weight behind the much-anticipated charity sports auction taking place in Ballymoney next month.

In recent days James Chestnutt of Chestnutt Animal Feeds made a cash donation, Davy Campbell of LogoWear donated football hats, Brian McAlary donated a signed Derry GAA top and Darren Ferris handed over a replica 1972 Rangers top signed by last year’s title-winning squad.

A fantastic array of memorabilia signed by a host of famous Ulster sporting stars, including golfing heroes Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, is going under the hammer at the event.

Among the other items up for grabs at the Manor Hotel on Saturday 3 September is a signed book and glove from Clarke, signed shoes from McIlroy and a signed shirt and cap from McDowell.

Other cherished lots include signed Ulster rugby and Glasgow Rangers shirts and a football signed by the Liverpool squad.

The brainchild of Ballymoney man Micky Connor, the auction aims to raise vital funds for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

Other sporting memorabilia donated includes an Antrim hurling signed shirt, a Glentoran F.C signed shirt, a Rangers training jacket donated by Steven Davis, a Coleraine F.C signed shirt, a signed shirt from Belfast Giants star Andrew Dickson, a Kyle Lafferty autographed photo, and a framed Fulham F.C shirt bearing the signatures of the players.

And Gracehill Golf Club has pitched in with a four ball voucher which will be up for grabs on the night.

Former Irish League soccer boss Liam Beckett donated a special shirt with the famous Robert Dunlop logo on it which will be signed by the race ace’s sons Michael and William as well as a signed football from the celebrity charity game in honour of Robert which took place to raise funds for his sculpture.

You can contact Micky on 07799442502 if you have any interest and/or queries about the event.

The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children is a registered charity, which offers practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people up to and including the age of 24, who are living with cancer, and their families.