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NGH supports Children in Need with online auction of rugby mementoes

The Child Health directorate of Northampton General Hospital is supporting Children in Need this year, and has obtained three very special items for a fundraising auction.

  • A rugby ball donated by and signed by the Northampton Saints rugby team.
  • A team shirt, again donated by and signed by the Saints.
  • And a very special copy of Sweet Chariot, the complete book of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, signed by Martin Johnson, the World Cup winning captain and current England team manager. He has signed it ‘NGH, Children in Need 2008, Martin Johnson’ and it will be a superb memento of this major sporting event.

To bid on these items, and help NGH raise money for Children in Need, please visit our website

Assistant directorate manager Jane Coles said: “All three items will be a lasting reminder of when England beat Australia to win the World Cup, and we hope that all rugby fans will dig deep to bid for them and help us raise money for a very worthy cause.

“On Children In Need day itself (Friday 14 November) we also have a range of other fundraising activities planned. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes and biscuits will be available in the children’s outpatients café from 10.00am onwards. Our special guests will be the Mayor of Northampton and Saints’ mascot Bernie (10.00am), Pudsey Bear (11.00am), pop star Chesney Hawkes, ‘Maria’ finalist Siobhan Dillon, and possibly Kevin Simm of Liberty X (3.00pm).

“We have lots of quizzes and competitions, and a raffle with some fantastic prizes including a caravan holiday, children’s bicycle and free photo portrait sitting. Members of staff will be donating money to sport fancy dress as a pirate for the day, one male consultant has volunteered to have his legs waxed and other consultants are being soaked with water! It should be great fun, and we hope to raise a huge amount for Children in Need.”

Posted on Monday 3rd November 2008