Signed Saints shirt raises cash for children’s charity in Northants

Venture Northampton held a competition to win a signed Saints shirt to raise money for Thomas's Fund
Venture Northampton held a competition to win a signed Saints shirt to raise money for Thomas's Fund

A Saints fan walked away with a signed shirt after showing his support for a charity which helps county children with life-limiting illnesses.

Venture Photography in Northampton has supported the county-based charity Thomas’s Fund for many years.

For its latest fundraiser, they took a signed Saints shirt to the Northampton Saints v London Irish match and encouraged supporters to donate to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Christopher Walton was the lucky winner, and he and his partner Theresa Manning were photographed with their prized possession alongside Lucy Smith from Thomas’s Fund afterwards.

Winner Christopher Walton said: “On match day I saw the chance to win the shirt, and it was for charity, which made it even better.

“I never thought we would win, I’m over the moon.”

Martin Vile, manager at Venture Northampton, said: “We were overwhelmed at the amount of donations for the Saints shirt – Thomas’s Fund is a charity close to our hearts at Venture, and we are delighted to have raised money as well as offer such a fantastic prize to the Saints fans.”

Thomas’s Fund is a charity which provides music therapy in Northamptonshire for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses or a disability which, for medical reason, means they are too ill to attend school for extended periods.

The charity fundraises to pay for a music therapist to work with youngsters across the county.