We are auctioning an amazing signed England Rugby shirt.
THIS AUCTION HAS NOW CLOSED – WE ARE PROUD TO SAY IT RAISED £723 FOR SCOTTY’S. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART.
This is a very special England Shirt as it has been donated by 9 year old Roan Taylor in memory of his Dad Sergeant Luke Taylor who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.
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The auction starts at 1900 on Friday 11th May and will last for 10 days. All proceeds will come directly to the charity.
Here’s the full story behind Roan’s amazing gesture to Scotty’s…
Roan Taylor from Christchurch in Dorset lost his dad, Sergeant Luke Taylor, in March 2012 after he was killed in Afghanistan, and in his memory, the nine-year-old is donating an England rugby shirt, signed by the whole team, to a charity which has helped make him smile.
Roan, who has been a member of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity for bereaved Forces children, for two years, wanted to help raise money while also making his dad proud. He wrote to the England rugby team asking if they could send him a shirt to auction and raise money for Scotty’s so that they can “continue helping children like him”.
The shirt, which is signed by all of the England squad, will be auctioned online by Scotty’s Little Soldiers to help raise much needed funds to enable them to continue to deliver the vital support to bereaved Armed Forces children when they need it the most.
Roan’s mum, Nicola said: “Rugby means the world to Roan, and for him it’s a way of making his dad proud. Luke played in the Royal Marines, in our local club Oakmediens and in the Army/Navy games, he also has a cup named after him. So, in his letter, Roan told them about how he hoped to make his dad proud by playing rugby and by winning the cup that has his dad’s name on it. He also told them how Scotty’s has helped him and other children who have parents in heaven.
“I’m so proud of him for writing the letter with no help and for wanting to donate something I know he would cherish. He loves Scotty’s and would do anything to help other children who have gone through what he’s gone through.”
The online auction for the shirt will start on the 11th May and all money raised will go towards supporting children who have lost a parent while serving in the Armed Forces.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, Nikki Scott, witnessed first-hand how the loss of a parent can impact a child. She set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2010 after her husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Nikki said: “We can’t thank Roan enough for donating his shirt to Scotty’s, it means so much to me and everyone at the charity when members show their support. I know how important rugby is to Roan, so to donate such a treasured possession is extremely gracious.”