Signed QPR football to be auctioned by Kettering pub at fundraiser

Norman Reynolds (landlord), Emily Oram, Ian Benjamin (manager) with family, regulars and fundraisers with the footabll signed by QPR manager Harry Redknapp
Norman Reynolds (landlord), Emily Oram, Ian Benjamin (manager) with family, regulars and fundraisers with the footabll signed by QPR manager Harry Redknapp
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Staff and regulars at a pub are staging a fundraising event for a former member of staff who broke her neck.

Emily Oram used to work behind the bar at the Wayfarers before she suffered the injury at a festival last summer.

The 21-year-old former Bishop Stopford School pupil is currently being treated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire.

She spends the weekends at home, and is set to be fully discharged at the beginning of April.

The pub is hoping to stage a series of events to raise money for Emily to buy a wheelchair and other equipment she will need at home.

Even a basic wheelchair comes with a price tag of between £3,000 and £5,000.

The first event, this Saturday, will be the auctioning of a football signed by most of the Queens Park Rangers squad.

Emily said: “I’ve got a lot of support.

“It’s quite shocking how everyone rallies around you.

“It’s emotional when you realise how much you mean to people.”

She plans to return to work at credit controller Howdens, based in Northampton, and said she was remaining very positive.

She said: “You have got to be. If you lower yourself you will go nowhere.”

Pub manager Ian Benjamin, who used to play for Kettering Town and Northampton Town, said they had been raising money for Emily for the last few months.

He said he and landlord Norman Reynolds had come up with the idea of asking top clubs to donate a signed football.

Mr Reynolds, who wrote to QPR manager Harry Redknapp, added: “I was chuffed he wrote back. The whole pub has got involved in fundraising. It’s been really good. We have got £2,000 so far.”

Rob Evans, from Northampton ventilation firm Lindab, said it had donated £250 to Emily.

He added: “We wanted to make her life comfortable. She’s a super girl. Anything we can do we will do.”

The auction takes place at at the Wayfarers, in London Road, near the junction with Barton Road and Pytchley Road, at 10pm on Saturday, February 15.