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Signed England Rugby Shirt up for auction

Signed England Rugby shirt could convert to a winner for Norfolk charity

As teams for this year’s Rugby World Cup 2015 line up for this autumn’s big international sporting event, this week (Friday 18) fans now have the chance to get their hands on a framed rugby shirt to be auctioned to benefit Norfolk’s Big C Cancer Charity.

The shirt, signed by the 50-strong England Rugby World Cup training squad, was kindly donated by accountants M+A Partners who are corporate supporters of the charity and have links with the Norfolk based Youngs family: both sons Tom and Ben are Leicester Tigers hoping to run out wearing the England strip later this month.

“This is a chance for people to have ownership of a piece of rugby history,” said M+A’s business development manager Ryan Nesbitt. “As a firm we are delighted to be strengthening our support for Big C which is providing wonderful help for people of all ages whose lives have been touched in some way by cancer.”

The framed signed shirt is expected to tour through Tom and Ben’s home county touching down in Norwich on October 17th, the starting date of the quarter finals, where it will be auctioned by Horner’s Auctioneers to raise much needed funds to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

It is hoped that England’s successful winning streak will enhance the value. “Whether you are a fan of rugby, or know someone for whom this would make a perfect gift, commemorate a celebration or if you just fancy a bit of rugby history on the wall, this is your chance to get your hands on a great bit of sporting memorabilia. We want to encourage everyone to make a really generous bid,” said Big C’s fundraiser Rachel Francis. 

The exciting opportunity to bid for this  signed shirt of one of rugby’s greatest teams and support the Big C will be at Horners Auctioneers, Acle, on Saturday 17th October from 10am. 

How to bid: visit www.horners.co.uk and complete an online bid form/ call Horners on 01493 750225, or for real match fever be at the Norwich Road, Acle Saleroom as Lot 50 goes live at about 10.30am.

“Horners are delighted to be selling such a notable item on behalf of the Big C. The last big find was in one of their charity shops found by a member of staff and verified by us. It fetched several thousand pounds for much needed research and caused quite a stir,” said Henry Horner-Glister. 

Brothers Charles and Henry Horner-Glister will be conducting the auction and rallying the bidding to again achieve another splendid result.

The framed signed shirt display kicks off at Pilch in Norwich this weekend until September 21.

The tour continues:
  • Sept 21-24: Midwich Ltd, Diss
  • Sept 24-Oct 5: Norwich City Football Club, weekdays in Yellows restaurant, Weekends and home game (Oct 3) at Delia’s restaurant and bar, excluding BIG C Men’s Charity Golf Day at Weston Park on Oct 1.
  • Oct 4-8: The Swan Hotel, Kings Lynn
  • Oct 9-12: Intu Chapelfield, Norwich.
  • Oct 13-15: Bakers and Larners of Holt 
  • Oct 16: Barclays Young Professionals Ball, NCFC
  • Oct 17: Horners Auctioneers, Diss

For further details and to see the signed shirt at selected venues throughout the county visit
www.big-c.co.uk   or facebook.com/bigccharity facebook.com/mapartnersuk

Be sure to take a picture of you with the shirt, use the hashtag #rwcshirt and post it to the Big C Facebook and @bigctweets. M+A Partners and Roger Hickman's Restaurant in Norwich have kindly donated lunch for two at the renowned Hickman's restaurant as a prize for the best photo with the shirt so get those selfies sent to us!

Pictured above is M+A Managing Partner Jeremy Robson (left) with Big C Chief Executive Chris Bushby (right) in front of the signed Rugby Shirt outside Pilch Sport in Norwich. 

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