A FOOTBALL signed by Nottingham Forest legends Peter Shilton and Stuart Pearce will be a star prize in an auction to raise money in the name of a teenage footballer struck down by a heart attack.
A benefit event is to be held next month in honour of goalkeeper Glyn Raven (15), who plays for Bulwell Rangers Under-15s and formerly played for Hucknall Sports.
Glyn, who featured on the front page of the Dispatch last month, is making a slow recovery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester after a virus caused a clot on his heart before Christmas.
He had to undergo nine hours of open-heart surgery to save his life.
Glyn, of Strelley, who was born with three different heart-defects, would have died had clotting medication not worked
Since the teenager’s operation, friends have rallied together to cheer him up and also raise money on behalf of the specialist heart unit at Glenfield.
A letter from Sir Alex Ferguson, boss of Premier League leaders Manchester United, and a promotional ticket, signed by Nottingham-based boxing world champion Carl Froch, are to be presented to Glyn.
Already more than £100 has been collected from a charity football match.
But it is hoped to boost this much further with the event at the Bestwood Road Sports And Social Club in Bulwell on Sunday March 13 (2 pm to 5 pm).
Among the prizes up for grabs are football boots donated by Bilborough Pelican Football Club. There will also be a raffle packed with prizes given by local businesses.
Keith Dunn, manager of Bulwell Rangers Under-15s, said: “We just wanted to do something for Glyn and his family.”
Melvin Hornbuckle, publicity officer for Rangers, said: “Glyn is now able to walk a bit in hospital. He is getting there. I would like to thank the Dispatch for promoting our fundraising.”
Anyone who would like to donate items for the auction and raffle should get in touch with Mr Dunn on 07821 003242 or e-mail him at keithedunn@ yahoo.co.uk.