A Leicester Tigers-mad Harborough man raised hundreds of pounds for the Matt Hampson Foundation by selling off autographed shirts and memorabilia.
Eddy Crowe (26) is a season ticket holder for the Tigers and wanted to do his bit to help the charity - set up by Matt when he was left paralysed following a freak injury he suffered in a scrum during a training session.
The charity provides advice, support and relief for anyone suffering serious injury or disability
Eddy’s dad Peter Crowe said: “The Foundation is a cause close to the hearts of many Tigers’ fans.
“Eddy is one of the administrators of a Tigers fans group on Facebook and he got hold of some great memorbilia to sell through that.”
Among the items Eddy sold were autographed photos, a rugby ball signed by Tigers players and an England rugby shirt signed by retired England fly-half Johnny Wilkinson - who Eddy bumped into during and England v Italy match at Twickenham.
Mr Crowe said: “I think Eddy might have liked to have kept the shirt but he decided it was better to auction it for a good cause.
“Ed lives in Harborough, works in Starbucks and is well known in the community. He is also a Leicester Tigers’ ‘super fan’ and his efforts were acknowledged with an honourable mention at this year’s Tigers Awards Dinner earlier this month.”
Eddy presented the £580 he raised Louis Deacon, Tommy Cawston and Darrel White at the Get Busy Living Centre. The centre was created by the Matt Hampson Foundation.