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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Cumbrian ace's World Cup kit auction boosts respite care home fund

A big-hearted rugby player has raised nearly £500 for a west Cumbrian charity by auctioning his World Cup kit.

Lee Mossop photo
Lee Mossop

England rugby star Lee Mossop, from Whitehaven, is a patron of the Give Us A Break campaign, which is raising cash to build a respite care home for disabled and disadvantaged youngsters.

The former Wigan player decided to put his kit on internet auction site eBay to help the cause, and by doing so has raised £460.

Dawn Raynor, who set up the campaign group, said that she was extremely grateful to Mr Mossop.

“We have quite a few ambassadors for the charity and when we asked Lee if he would become one, he agreed. Lee is massively family-orientated and wanted to help as much as he could.

“It’s incredible that he has raised so much and we want to thank him.”

Speaking about working with the charity, Mr Mossop said: “I saw the benefits and I thought it was an outstanding charity, and it is in Cumbria, my homeland. I’m over the moon to be part of it.

“I thought that on the back of the World Cup, a lot of people would want the kit – it was the perfect time to make some money for the charity.”

Mr Mossop featured in England’s opening World Cup game against Australia but did not get another chance to play in the tournament.

Whitehaven Rugby League Club also backed Give Us A Break this year through a CFM Cash for Kids appeal, with assistant coach David Seeds and players Craig Calvert and Scott McAvoy selected as ambassadors for the charity.

The club donated £1 for every advance ticket sold for their home derby against Barrow Raiders in May, with a collection on match day.

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