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Sports fans could be in for a treat at a charity auction in Stone, Staffordshire, in March.

The auction night – at the Crown and Anchor pub in Station Road from 7pm on Thursday 7 March – is being organised by a group of soldiers from Stafford’s Beacon Barracks in support of their London Marathon challenge the following month.

Warrant Officer Bill Sykes and six of his men from 22nd Signal Regiment will be taking part in the gruelling 26.2-mile event on April 21, wearing full 40lb military packs, to fundraise for Staffordshire-based charity Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

The Crown and Anchor is hosting the charity auction, which will feature a signed shirt and football donated by Port Vale FC, a stadium tour for four of Liverpool FC’s Anfield ground, a Stoke City signed shirt and 150th anniversary official matchday magazine, signed David Beckham and Steven Gerrard England shirts, a Manchester United signed football, an Ireland rugby shirt, a cricket bat signed by the England team and Ricky Hatton’s signed gloves and shorts. Also up for grabs are sports days involving go-kart racing, golf and paintballing, £250 of ski lessons at the Tamworth Snowdome and a Giant mountain bike. And if the sort of ‘Top Gear’ you prefer is of the four-wheeled kind, Audi Stafford has put up the charity auction lot of a four-day loan of one of its eye-catching convertible cars. Other items on offer include 47-inch and 32-inch LED televisions boasting all the latest technological applications, a 19-inch LCD TV, a Blu-ray DVD player and a Citizen eco-drive watch.

Warrant Officer Bill Sykes said: “We have set ourselves a fundraising target of £20,000, to help disabled and terminally children in Staffordshire through our support of Cannock-based national charity Newlife Foundation. Ours is an ambitious target, but with the support of local businesses, organisations and members of the public I am confident we can achieve it.”

If you want to support the men from 22nd Signal Regiment, go to their Just Giving website:

For further details about the auction night, email Bill Sykes at or call 07810 123 467.

Pictured: Port Vale manager Micky Adams presents the signed shirt and football to Warrant Officer Bill Sykes.

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