Generous Nottingham Forest have raised almost £4,000 for their annual Christmas Toy Appeal, with a Reds home shirt signed by owner Evangelos Marinakis being sold for over £100 in a charity auction.
And all of the money will be spent on buying Christmas presents for disadvantaged children in the community and in the QMC hospital over the festive period.
Forest auctioned off signed shirts worn by players in the club’s Carabao Cup tie against Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, signed boots and goalkeeper gloves.
Reds striker Daryl Murphy also kindly donated a signed Republic of Ireland shirt he wore playing for his country – and that received the highest bid, of £355.
Shirts worn by Joe Worrall and Ben Osborn against Chelsea also fetched £210 each, with Eric Lichaj’s shirt being snapped up for £260.
A signed pair of Barrie McKay’s boots went for £131, with Ben Brereton’s boots going for £79.
The shirt signed by Marinakis sold for £105.
There were 32 lots sold in total, with the final figure raised standing at £3,988, which will now be used to brighten up Christmas for lots of children.