5th June 2001
A Liverpool supporter from Singapore is to fork out almost £700 for a strip signed by his Anfield heroes… and then he plans to give the kit as a gift to his best friend.
Daniel Chia bid on-line for the signed strip after hearing about a charity auction being staged on the web site of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
His bid of £675 will be donated to two charities: the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Tommy’s Campaign, the charity which funds research into premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage.
“I’m buying the strip for a dear friend who’s a big Liverpool supporter,” said Daniel. “Liverpool have done so well this year, the auction was for a good cause and the charities are both close to my heart.”
Liverpool clinched an amazing treble of knockout cups last month when they defeated Spanish side Alaves 5-4 in a thrilling UEFA Cup final.
Their unprecedented achievement has added value to the strip, which was auctioned on-line by Allison Cooper, a production editor at the university.
“When we opened the auction I was hoping to raise about £100, but the bidding has exceeded all my expectations,” said Allison.
“Every time Liverpool won another trophy the bidding would hot up again.”
The success of the auction demonstrates the communications potential of the Internet, according to university spokesman Jez Ashberry. “The strip was sold on a UK website to a surfer in Singapore who was alerted to the auction by an email sent from a Liverpool fan site based in Malta!” he explained.
Allison also ran the Flora London Marathon in April and has so far raised almost £4,000 for the two charities.
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