Young Shields fan Bobby-j wins signed shirt – as £200 is raised
Supporters of South Shields and Newcastle Benfield raised almost £200 for charity at the League Cup quarter-final between the sides on Wednesday.
The Mariners donated a signed shirt to be raffled off at Wednesday’s game between the sides at Sam Smith’s Park.
A total of £192 was raised by those who bought tickets for the raffle, with the proceeds going to Ward 34 of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, located at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. It is a specialist cancer care ward, which also includes a teenage and young adult unit.
The lucky winner of the shirt was young Mariners fan Bobby-j Bond, aged seven, who was presented with his prize by club chairman Geoff Thompson during the match. The winning ticket number was 581-585.
The raffle was part of continued fundraising efforts by Newcastle Benfield for Ward 34.
Benfield midfielder Kieran Wrightson is currently battling cancer, and has stayed in the teenage and young adults ward there for 12 weeks.
The club is supporting Ward 34 again on Wednesday, March 22, when they host Sunderland RCA in a rearranged fixture, after the original game was abandoned due to a frozen pitch last month.
Entry at that match, which kicks off at 7.30pm, will be free, with supporters who attend instead asked to make a voluntary donation on the night for Ward 34. There will again be a raffle held that night.