ROTHERHAM United help raised more than £5,000 for two charities in the town by putting star striker Freddie Lapado’s shirt from a memorable derby victory up for grabs in a competition.
The charity draw brought in £5,487 to be split between the Rotherham Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Freddie himself was on hand to present the signed and framed shirt — which he wore when scoring the winner over Sheffield Wednesday in March — to draw winner Anton Hill at a ceremony where cheques were presented to both countries.
A club spokesperson said: “Our relationship with both of these amazing causes has been well-documented over the years and with the pandemic hitting charities hard, through the cancellation of countless fundraising events and other income-generating opportunities, we felt compelled to support them when this particular chance to do so arose.
“We know how kind and supportive our fans are — particularly of these two wonderful charities - but to see such a fantastic display of selflessness and generosity in the midst of a pandemic just reaffirms how proud we are to call them our own.
“We would once again like to say the biggest of thanks to every single person who purchased a ticket and, in turn, supported two unbelievable organisations so close to us and the hearts of so many in the town.”
Anna Gott, regional fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “Rotherham United and its amazing fans have always been very supportive of Bluebell Wood and we’re over the moon that the raffle for Freddie’s iconic shirt was such a brilliant success.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to the club, its generous fans and to Freddie for scoring the goal that made it all possible.”
Alyce Clark, community fundraiser at Rotherham Hospice, said: “The incredible support that Rotherham Hospice has received from the whole Rotherham United team and fans during the last year has been amazing, with Freddie’s raffle being the icing on the cake.
“It has increased morale at the hospice and made a key financial difference during a very challenging year, when our normal fundraising and retail activities have been impacted by the pandemic.
“We are so grateful to our Rotherham families for their generosity.”