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Adam's signed Toon stash sold.

Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk

A COLLECTION of signed Toon shirts will go under the hammer.

Devoted Liverpool fan Adam Walker lost his battle with cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis last year.

But before his death he collected dozens of pieces of signed memorabillia from some of the biggest names in the game.

And shirts signed by Alan Shearer, Nobby Solano and Shay Given are all being offered to raise cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Chailey Heritage Trust, with bids welcome from today Today ex-Toon striker Michael Owen, who began his career at Liverpool, said: "I remember meeting Adam for the first time and it was immediately obvious how passionate he was about everything Liverpool FC.

"He was such a funny and genuine person with an incredibly positive outlook on life. Adam was always looking for ways to help other people and never let his condition stop him from doing what he wanted and for that very reason he is an inspiration. It was a real privilege to have met him." The online sale features more than 200 football shirts collected by the lifelong Liverpool fan.

Adam, 31, suffered from illnesses which meant he could not sit unsupported, walk or use his hands.

He passed away last year on September 26. Adam's dad Alan said: "Adam was a courageous, fearless and determined young man who I am incredibly proud of. Football was his passion and his sanctuary." Football shirts signed by David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney are also up for grabs in the suction.

A portion of the money generated from the sale will be put in trust for Adam's young nieces, in keeping with his wishes, with the remaining money donated to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Chailey Heritage Trust.

Auction My Stuff founder, Patrick van der Vorst, said: "Adam's charm and determination helped him gain almost unparalleled access to Premiership stars which enabled him to collect one of the largest and most diverse collections of football memorabilia I have come across. Online bidding will be available from today until April 20th 2014 at www.auctionmystuff.com There will also be a second sale later this year for other items from Adam's collection.

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