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Peter Wilson donates Olympic kit to Dorset hospice
A GOLD medallist has given a boost to a Dorset charity by donating his Olympic shirt and shooting tabard.
Peter Wilson, who was born in Dorchester and lives in Sherborne, shot to fame at the 2012 Games when he won the double trap gold.
His shooting tabard and gold medal winner's shirt are now being auctioned off by the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
Mr Wilson, 26, said he chose Weldmar as he is 'a Dorset boy through and through'.
He said: “I class Sherborne as my home town so if I was able to help the hospice by raising money and a bit of awareness so much the better.
“You get given a lot of kit and so it would be difficult to say if I wore all of it on the day I won, but there are definitely bits of it that I wore.
“It's a piece of history.”
He came across the items when sorting through his home in preparation to move.
He added: “I've just bought a bungalow with my girlfriend, which is really exciting, and was going through everything when I found these and had the idea that they could be used for a good cause.”
Chief executive of the charity Alison Ryan said: “We are so thrilled that Peter Wilson, Dorset's own Gold Olympian, thought of our patients and decided to donate his kit to us.
“We hope that his kindness will inspire lots of people to go online or visit one of our shops and make a bid, so that we can change that golden generosity into care for our patients.”
The tabard has a Team GB Olympic logo with Wilson's name in gold. The navy shirt also has the Team GB logo in gold on the inside collar.
Other items, including tracksuits, bottoms, shorts and a shooting cap, are available in the fundraising shop in Sherborne.
The auction will end at 3pm on Saturday, November 30.
To make a bid, click here or call 01929 816099.
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