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Barca's helping Jerry's cash cause.

Byline: Laura Woodcock Reporer laura.woodcock@eveninggazette.co.uk

WHEN Jerry Lavery was thinking of his latest way to raise charity funds, he thought why not contact one of the biggest football clubs in the world.

But not expecting a reply, Jerry found himself shocked when Barcelona FC sent him a signed shirt to auction off.

"I sent a letter to the club a couple of months ago and didn't hear anything for a while," said Jerry, 70, of Marton.

"I had forgotten all about it but then received a signed shirt. I was over the moon when I saw it."

The shirt, signed by the club's captain Carles Puyol, will now be auctioned off at the Beechwood and Easterside Club.

It will raise funds for the haematology unit at James Cook University Hospital.

"I have had bowel cancer and five years later, Hodgkin's lymphoma," said Jerry, who has raised about PS13,000 for charity over the years.

"I have had the all-clear but wanted to give something back. I think that when you take something out you should put something back in."

"I hope the shirt raises about PS500 for the unit," added Jerry.

The shirt will be auctioned off at the club at a special event on November 20 from 6.45pm. There will also be a tombola and a raffle.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2013
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