Signed England Rugby shirt could convert to a winner for Norfolk charity

Signed England Rugby shirt goes on tour for Norfolk Cancer Charity as World Cup kicks off

As teams for this year’s Rugby World Cup 2015 line up for this autumn’s big international sporting event, next week (Friday 18) fans now have the chance to get their hands on a framed rugby shirt to be auctioned to benefit Norfolk’s Cancer Charity - Big C.

The shirt, signed by the England rugby squad, was kindly donated by accountants M+A Partners who are corporate supporters of the charity and have links with the Norfolk based Youngs family: both sons Tom and Ben are Leicester Tigers hoping to run out wearing the England strip later this month.

“This is a chance for people to have ownership of a piece of rugby history,” said M+A’s business development manager Ryan Nesbitt. “As a firm we are delighted to be strengthening our support for Big C which is providing wonderful help for people of all ages whose lives have been touched in some way by cancer.”

The framed signed shirt is expected to tour through Tom and Ben’s home county touching down in Norwich on October 17th, the starting date of the quarter finals, where it will be auctioned by Horner’s Auctioneers to raise much needed funds to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer. It is hoped that England’s successful winning streak will enhance the value.

 “Whether you are a fan of rugby, or know someone for whom this would make a perfect gift, commemorate a celebration or if you just fancy a bit of Rugby history on the wall, this is your chance to get your hands on a great bit of sporting memorabilia. We want to encourage everyone to make a really generous bid,” said Big C’s fundraiser Rachel Francis. 

This exciting opportunity to acquire a signed shirt of one of rugby’s greatest teams and support the Big C will be at Horners Auctioneers, Acle, on Saturday 17th October from 10am. 

Anyone can be part of the action by joining the live online video bidding link available on the website but for a real slice of the atmosphere go along and feel the auction fever.

 “Horners are delighted to be selling such a notable item on behalf of the Big C. The last big find was in one of their charity shops found by a member of staff and verified by us. It fetched several thousand pounds for much needed research and caused quite a stir,” said Henry Horner-Glister. 

Brothers Charles and Henry Horner-Glister will be conducting the auction and rallying the bidding to again achieve another splendid result.

For further auction details please give Horners a call 01493 750225.

The framed signed shirt display kicks off at Pilch in Norwich this weekend until September 21. 

For further details and to see it at selected venues throughout the county visit or

Be sure to take a picture of you with the shirt, use the hashtag #rwcshirt and post it to the Big C Facebook page and on Twitter @bigctweets 

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