Shirt signed by football legend Pele up for auction to raise money for cancer hospice

Dorset Echo: ON THE BALL: Steve Oxford, Matt Smith of Weldmar and Dave Oxford with the football shirt, signed by Pele ON THE BALL: Steve Oxford, Matt Smith of Weldmar and Dave Oxford with the football shirt, signed by Pele

A TRIO of siblings taking on an Icelandic trek for a Dorchester charity are hoping a touch of Brazilian football magic rubs of on a special auction item.

A signed football shirt signed by soccer legend Pele is being auctioned off by Emma Richardson and brothers Steve and Dave Oxford, who are taking on the trek for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust in memory of their mother Sue.

She passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer in December last year, soon after her 65th birthday.

Daughter Emma said: “We are so grateful to the hospice for the care she received, not only at the end at the Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester, but also the palliative care she received at home and the support offered to the whole family.”

Emma, who teaches at a Wimborne middle school, and brothers Steve, who has taken on the family bakery in Alweston near Sherborne from Sue, and Dave, a finance officer at House of Dorchester Chocolate in Poundbury, will join a team of other walkers raising funds for Weldmar on the Icelandic trek in October.

Emma said: “We have bought good pairs of walking boots and are in training already, but before we can concentrate on the walking challenge we have what seems like an even bigger one of raising a total of £8,400 between us.

“We have already held several successful events such as a retro school disco, ladies night, coffee mornings and delicious pizza nights at the bakery.”

The Pele shirt was donated by airline Emirates in Dubai.

It is a New York Cosmos shirt, the last club he played for during his career, and the siblings have pictures to show him signing it.

Emma said: “We hope that the Pele shirt will raise lots of interest, especially during the World Cup fever.”

To sponsor Emma, Steve and Dave in their efforts for Weldmar, visit justgiving.com/stevenoxford

The shirt will be going on sale on eBay today and will finish at 8.55pm on Sunday, July 13 – at half time of the World Cup Final.

Bids can be made by visiting weld-hospice.org.uk/ebay

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