CUP final goalscorer Fabio Borini’s match shirt is up for grabs.
The forward struck first in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final for Sunderland but it wasn’t enough as their opponent’s Manchester City fought back to win 3-1.
The goal was the Black Cats’ first goal in a major final since Ian Porterfield’s winner against Leeds United in 1973.
But the Italian, who is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Liverpool this season, has kindly donated his red and white jersey from the game to football fans who are helping out the Anthony Nolan Trust.
The shirt will now be auctioned off and the proceeds set to go to the organisation, which helps to match up blood and bone marrow donors with those needing life-saving transplants.
It comes as a group of workers from Jaguar Land Rover on Merseyside continue to fund-raise as a thanks to Anthony Nolan for helping a colleague’s son.
Jaguar employee Andy Coles said: “We work with a lad called Robbie Fearns whose son Charlie was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was three and fought it twice before being told in 2012 that the last option for him was a bone marrow transpant.
“Luckily, Anthony Nolan found him a perfect match in Germany after failing to find a match for him in the UK.
“He had the transplant in January 2013 and it has been so successful the he has been able to return to school and play football with his friends.”
As a thank-you to the charity, Andy and others have taken on a number of fund-raising challenges and next month they will be taking turns to push each other from Manchester City’s ground to Liverpool’s – in wheelbarrows.
The “Barrow for Marrow” fund-raiser takes place on April 12, which is also deadline day for those wanting to bid for the shirt.
Andy also said: “Fabio has made a financial donation to Anthony Nolan before but for him to donate his shirt is just fantastic.
“It’s a great gesture.”
To bid for Borini’s shirt, tweet @barrowformarrow or search for Barrow for Marrow on Facebook.