Rotherham United would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who took part in the auction for Freddie Ladapo’s match-worn shirt from the victory at Hillsborough, with efforts from those involved helping us to raise over £5,000 for Rotherham Hospice and Bluebell Wood.
The football club have been overwhelmed by the response from our fanbase to this charity venture and we are delighted that with your help we’ve been able to raise an amount we can all be incredibly proud of.
We are so proud of our affiliation with both Rotherham Hospice and Bluebell Wood, two charities who rely heavily on the generous donations of others to continue the essential service they provide for our community, and with a number of fundraising events put on-hold due to the pandemic, we wanted to ensure both charities received a welcome cash injection.
The shirt was signed by Freddie himself following his heroics in S6 and has been professionally framed by our partners at Pinders.
We would also like to extend a special thanks to our ticketing partners at advanced, who have sponsored the charity prize draw by providing us with free use of their ticketing facility.
The draw – which was made by Freddie himself on Thursday afternoon – was won by Millers supporter Anton Hill.
Everyone at the club would like to say a huge congratulations to Anton, who has secured himself a piece of Rotherham United history.
Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart expressed his pride at the opportunity to support two local charities, who have been there for the town throughout people’s most difficult times.
“We are incredibly proud to have raised an amazing amount of money for two excellent charities who have touched the hearts of so many across the town,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“One lucky supporter will of course now have the honour of owning their own piece of history from a memorable night at Hillsborough, however, everyone who took part in the draw can be incredibly proud of the part they have played in supporting two charities that mean so much to so many of us in the local area.
“This is another wonderful example of the fantastic connection that the club has with our community and we are thrilled that we are still able to play our part during these uncertain times.
“I would also like to thank our friends over at Advanced, who generously offered us their ticketing facility free of charge to help maximise the profits for the charities.
“As I’ve touched upon already, we have been overwhelmed with the fantastic response from our supporters and I would again like to thank everyone who took part - it really does make a huge difference during these tough times.”