Match-worn shirts from Pools’ Great Escape up for grabs to raise cash for Hartlepool charity

Andy Bell, right, from Stamford One,  with Stephen Picton, of Miles For Men, and Hartlepool United shirts.
Andy Bell, right, from Stamford One, with Stephen Picton, of Miles For Men, and Hartlepool United shirts.

Pools fans will be able to get their hands on sought-after memorabilia as match-worn shirts from the club’s Great Escape go under the hammer.

Shirts worn by players Michael Woods, Scott Harrison and Dan Jones will be auctioned off for charity this month.

I’m delighted to see mine and some of the other lads’ shirts being used for such a good cause, and a local one too

Michael Woods, Hartlepool United

Money raised will go to Hartlepool’s Miles For Men charity, with the funds going towards research to help beat cancer and for those fighting the disease.

The shirts have been donated by Stamford One, a commercial agency involved in sports and entertainment, after they sponsored the Pools trio during last season’s successful relegation fight in League Two.

Andy Bell, owner of Stamford One, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to make this little gesture for Miles for Men.

The shirts would have only been pinned up in our office anyway, so we may as well do something more useful – and for a great cause.

“Whatever money is raised in the bidding, 
however great or small, is better off going to Miles for Men.

“The shirts should have a little bit of value as well, considering the historic end to what had been a horrific season.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to get a piece of that, and at the same time help the charity.”

The shirts will each go on auction with a £50 reserve price, and have all been signed by the players concerned.

Miles For Men is holding its annual showcase event, a 5km run, along Hartlepool sea front on July 19.

Meanwhile, the auction kicked off this week and will be open until Friday, June 26, and the players are said to be ‘delighted’ their shirts will help to raise vital funds for charity.

Midfielder Woods said: “I am delighted to see mine and some of the other lads’ shirts being used for such a good cause, and a local one too.

“I also want to wish everyone who is taking part in this year’s Miles For Men event all the best.

“I hope a whole load of money is raised, and everyone enjoys themselves.”

To make a bid for one 
of the shirts, send a message on Twitter to @MilesForMen, email hartlepool@milesformen.com, call 01429 239577 or visit the auction page of the website www.milesformen.co.uk