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Jon's shirt raises steady sum for NHS

Jon Stead's signed Rovers shirt that went up for chairty auction last month has raised an incredible £500 for Rovers' hospital charity partner, East Lancashire Hospice Trust.

Following on from a Rovers Rewind programme, that the club have been running over on the Rovers YouTube channel, striker Jon Stead scored a dramatic winner in a seven goal thriller away to Fulham back in 2004.

The former Rover wanted to do something extra special and got in touch with the football club over a charity auction of one of his match worn shirts from that season.

Blackburn Rovers and the Community Trust worked together in utilising the Trust's eBay page where man of the match shirts are often auctioned off following home matchdays.

It was decided that the funds raised would go straight to the club's NHS hospital partner, the East Lancashire Hospital Trust. Meaning the funds would have a positive impact right here throughout our local community.

The five day auction showed the incredible generosity that surrounds our wonderful community with over thirty bids made for the shirt within the first twenty-four hours.

The winning bid was tabled at £460 from London based Rovers fan Gareth who upon finding out he won the charity auction reserved a special message for a NHS worker close to him.

"I'd like to include a nod to my sister, Michelle. She's a NHS nurse based in Lancashire."

"It's important to just say a thank you to her as well as all those NHS heroes working harder than ever at the moment."

There was to be even more money raised for the hospital charity with the former Rover sorting the framing of the shirt as well as the postage should Gareth round his bid up to the £500 mark.

Gareth obliged raising the incredible £500 total for the East Lancs Hospice Trust with Stead sorting out the framing of the match worn, signed shirt with company Frame Smart.

It's another commitment to the joint effort of the #OneRoversTogether campaign as we continue to offer our support to the community throughout this challenging period.