Liam sells treasured shirt for charity

November 08 2016

A TEENAGER who has battled a brain tumour has donated a signed Liverpool FC shirt for auction to raise money for child cancer patients.

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A TEENAGER who has battled a brain tumour has donated a signed Liverpool FC shirt for auction to raise money for child cancer patients.

Liam Bermingham, from Kingswood, a big fan of the Premiership side, was given the shirt when he visited Anfield last year and met the manager and captain at the time, Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard, and some of the players.

He has now given it to the Jack Banks Star Tribute Fund, part of the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal for Bristol Children's Hospital.

The shirt, signed by every member of the 2015 team apart from Coutinho, is being sold by silent auction, with bids closing on November 11.

Liam, a student at St Brendan's Sixth Form College, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at Christmas 2014, when he was 15. After  surgery and radiotherapy treatment, Liam's tumour  disappeared and he remains in remission.

Aside from his own cancer, Liam has another reason for supporting his chosen charity; Jack Banks, from Downend,  who died from leukaemia in 2008 at the age of nine, was his best friend.

Liam ran the Bath Half Marathon earlier this year for the fund, which was set up by Jack's family and has raised almost £170,000 for the hospital over the last eight years.

Jack's mum Paula said she was very grateful to Liam and all the fund's supporters, whose donations have funded a new conservatory and playroom at the hospital and are now going towards refurbishing the ten isolation rooms where bone marrow transplant patients spend their time.

The fund also pays for Captain Jack's treasure chests – pirate-themed toyboxes of gifts for children undergoing unpleasant treatments.

• To bid for the Liverpool shirt, or for a Wasps shirt signed by England Rugby's Joe Launchbury, email Paula at rbbr21876@aol.com by midnight on November 11. Remember to include your bid, full name and contact details (email or mobile). Paula will contact the winners by Sunday November 13. Bidding starts at £50.