Lions hero Adam Jones gives kit to hospice auction
2:48pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A NEWPORT fundraiser is auctioning off Wales and British Lions prop Adam Jones’ kit to raise money for St David’s Hospice.
Jackie Lewis, from St Julians, has been raising money for the charity since her son Steven died of stomach cancer in December 2011, and aims to raise £20,000 by the end of the year.
When she was invited to speak at the St David’s annual general meeting on October 10, Mr Jones approached her afterwards and gave her the items to auction.
She said: “I talked about the care that St David’s Hospice provided for our son Steven when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and no hope of treatment.
“The response to my speech was incredible and although it was hard to talk about, it was also easy to talk about because it is something that is so close to my heart.
“Adam Jones was there and I had the biggest surprise of my life when Adam came over and gave me a pair of his signed rugby boots with British Lions 2013 labels and a pair of shorts with a British Lions 2013 badge.
“I had my photograph taken with him and I can’t put into words how touched I was by Adam’s generosity.”
Mrs Lewis added: “There is no starting price and boots and shorts will be auctioned separately. We would like to raise as much money as we can for St David’s from these collectable items and also to help us make our £20,000 target by the end of December.”
The auction for the British Lions rugby boots and shorts began yesterday (October 14) and will run until Sat November 2 at 6pm.
Bidding will take place on Mrs Lewis’ fundraising page https://www.facebook.com/StudSAL or alternatively e-mail: email@example.com
St David’s aims to provide a free and comprehensive palliative care service of excellence throughout Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire for people, their families and carers facing a progressive life-threatening illness which is no longer curable.
So far Mrs Lewis has raised £18,796.39 for St David’s and last week she unveiled a water feature donated to the hospice in memory of her son.
To donate visit justgiving.com/Jackie-Lewis31. She also has a swimming event and curry night.
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