Hundreds of pounds have been raised by generous Portsmouth and Southampton fans who entered a charity prize draw to win a signed shirt of each team.
Local estate agents Leaders offered people a chance to win the autographed jerseys from Hampshire’s two top clubs in exchange for a £5 donation to its charity partner, Together for Short Lives.
Dave Houghton was drawn as the lucky winner of the Portsmouth shirt, while Steve Powell was chosen at random to secure the Southampton top, both of which have been signed by the respective first team squads.
Karen Arkell, branch manager at Leaders in Sarisbury Green who organised the draw as part of the firm’s fundraising drive for Children’s Hospice Week, says: “We would like to thank everybody who entered our prize draws to win one of the shirts. We know how well Portsmouth and Southampton are supported by local people, so it was great to see so many enter the draw in the hope of winning one of these fantastic prizes.
“It was also incredibly generous of the two clubs to donate the shirts, so I would also like to thank them. Through our partnership with Together fort Short Lives, the money raised from the shirts will go towards supporting the invaluable work of our local children’s hospice, Naomi House & Jacksplace.
“During Children’s Hospice Week our branches across the country organised a variety of fundraising activities, raising an amazing £20,000 for Together for Short Lives. We have seen for ourselves just how important their work is and what a difference this money will make.”
Together for Short Lives aims to provide care and support for the 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with health conditions that are life-shortening or life-threatening. Leaders is aiming to raise £50,000 for them this year, just as it did in 2016.