Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough united for a worthy cause

Staff and toddlers from Seaham Home Day nursery with the signed shirts which the centre is raffling to raise funds for Cystic Fybrosis.
Staff and toddlers from Seaham Home Day nursery with the signed shirts which the centre is raffling to raise funds for Cystic Fybrosis.
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THEY may be sporting rivals, but the region’s football clubs have come together to back a life-saving campaign

Seaham House Day Nursery is holding an auction for signed shirts from Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The collection of tops was gathered together by the nursery with the help of Middlesbrough kitman Peter Darke, whose one-year-old son William goes there.

The nursery staff are collecting sealed bids for the strips, with the winners to be announced at the end of the month.

Balls signed by Real Radio’s Legends are also up for grabs.

Money raised will help fund a £6million appeal by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to keep its gene therapy trials running.

Hannah Mitchell, one of the nursery’s staff, said: “We’ve raised £200 through a raffle and we just want to be able to raise as much as we can.

“The strips are worth a lot of money and we would really like to raise as much as we can for this charity.”

Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases and affects the internal organs. Only half of those who are born with the disease are likely to live past their 30s.

Anyone who would like to make a bid can contact the nursery in North Dock, on 581 6911.

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