Palace players auction shirts to fund play equipment for hospitalised children

Pic: Seb Frej for CPFC

Crystal Palace F.C. players are auctioning their signed match-worn shirts from last weekend’s clash with Liverpool in support of the Power of Play appeal.

All funds raised will go towards purchasing new play equipment, including playgrounds, toys and games for sick children at Croydon University Hospital.

Bidding on the shirts currently stands at £8,379 with just under two weeks left in the auction and will contribute to the £70,000 which has already been raised for the appeal via the Croydon Health Services Charitable Fund.

Palace captain, Luka Milivojevic, said in a statement: “As a team we are really proud to be able to support Croydon’s Power of Play appeal. Many of us are parents ourselves, and we know when a child is sick it’s the small things that can help take their mind off feeling unwell.

“We want to thank our fans, and anyone else who is able to make a bid on our matchday shirts and raise money for this cause. The money raised will go towards making the lives of these children in hospital a little easier.”

Elaine Clancy, Chief Nurse at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said in a statement: “We’re incredibly grateful to Crystal Palace F.C. and all of the players for their generosity. I know that many of our staff and our patients are avid Palace fans, so we’re all very excited to see how much we can raise through this shirt auction.

“These match-worn shirts are truly one of a kind, signed by the players who faced Liverpool F.C. on Sunday, January 23. As well as being a great collector’s item, we hope fans will see the auction as an opportunity to get behind our Power of Play appeal and help us to raise funds for exciting and therapeutic play spaces for young people who are being cared for in hospital.”

The auction closes at 2pm on February 6 and fans and collectors alike can get their hands on a piece of Palace history by bidding here.

Alternatively, the Croydon Health Services Charitable Fund is currently accepting donations as part of the Power of Play appeal here.

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