Chance to net a piece of sport memorabilia

Ballymena Halifax branch customer adviser, Jason McPeake is presented with a football signed by the Manchester United first team squad by Club representative, Dominic. The football will be among a number of highly desirable sports merchandise which will be auctioned off by Jason later this month to raise funds for Children in Need. Also pictured are - Michael Steinberg, Stephen Bailie and David Steenson who will be playing with Jason in a fundraising football match for the charity at Ballymena Showgrounds on May 24, (Submitted Picture).

Ballymena Halifax branch customer adviser, Jason McPeake is presented with a football signed by the Manchester United first team squad by Club representative, Dominic. The football will be among a number of highly desirable sports merchandise which will be auctioned off by Jason later this month to raise funds for Children in Need. Also pictured are - Michael Steinberg, Stephen Bailie and David Steenson who will be playing with Jason in a fundraising football match for the charity at Ballymena Showgrounds on May 24, (Submitted Picture).

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How would you like to score yourself a football signed by the Manchester United first team squad or a pennant signed by ‘Spurs?

Perhaps, you’d rather net a personalised shirt signed by Wayne Rooney or merchandise signed by members of the Celtic squad?

These sport memorabilia must-haves are among a growing number of highly desirable items being donated to a local fundraiser for a very worthy cause which are to be auctioned off later this month.

The auction will take place on a date and at a local venue soon to be confirmed and is being organised in tandem with a charity football match at the Ballymena Showgrounds’ 3G pitch at noon on Sunday, May 24, with proceeds from both going to Children in Need.

Being organised by Jason McPeake, a customer advisor with the Ballymena branch of Halifax, the match will see the ‘Pudsey Allstars’ take on ‘Pudsey Athletic’.

Each year, the building society encourages staff to fundraise for their chosen charity which is BBC Children In Need.

Rising to that call, Jason has gathered an enthusiastic bunch of amateur players - made up of his friends and family - to join in an 11-a-side game of football.

The players themselves are gaining sponsorship/donations from their family and friends and paying a fee towards the charity to take part in the game.

Jason is also approaching local businesses for support and has been delighted with the response.

The list of supporters is growing all the time and so far the event has attracted a number of main sponsors to whom Jason has extended thanks - the Halifax; Ballymena’s Flex Fitness and personal trainer Ricky Higgins who are each sponsoring one of the football strips; Laird Law, a male groomer at Code Red, Ballymena; and Pro direct sports, especially their Product Team Manager Craig Billyard and his team for organising kits on a tight timescale.

Jason’s thanks also go to K & G McAtamney’s of Greenvale Street and Mr Getty of Country Furnishings Bakery for their generous donations to the forthcoming fundraiser.

He would very much like to hear from any other local businesses or individuals who would like to support the event with a donation or sponsorship and can be contacted by telephoning 07756785574.

His aim is to raise between £1,500 and £2,000 between now and May 24 which would then be matched by Halifax to make quite a tidy sum for Children In Need.