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Burke's backing for Libby Mae charity

Posted: Mon 17 Feb 2014
Author: Andy Walker

Chris Burke meets Richard Sharratt during an EZE Wishes visit in December.

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Birmingham City winger Chris Burke has signed up to be an ambassador for Libby Mae’s Little Angels, a charity raising money for neonatal units across the midlands.

To mark the occasion, the Scotland star is running an online auction to help raise funds for the cause.

For the next month, Burke will be looking for donations of £10 for the chance to win three signed, match worn shirts including his own, Callum Reilly’s and Darren Randolph’s. The auction will be running for a month and you can make your bid now here.

Burke first became aware of Libby Mae’s Little Angels during a surprise EZE Wishes visit, in conjunction with EZE Group, in December. Alongside midfielder Reilly, the pair delivered a Christmas hamper to Blues season ticket holder Richard Sharratt, who set up the charity with his wife Charlotte.

Libby Mae’s Little Angels was formed in memory of the couple’s daughter, Libby Mae, who passed away in April 2013 aged only two weeks. Touched by the care Libby Mae received during her stay on the neonatal unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Richard and Charlotte set about raising money to provide equipment to help save babies’ lives.

Since Libby Mae’s Little Angels was registered in July 2013, the charity has raised £40,000 and now Burke is looking to further boost those coffers.

The 30-year-old said: “I was really touched by Richard and Charlotte’s story when I paid them a surprise visit before Christmas.

“The amount they have raised in such a short amount of time is staggering and I’m more than happy to pledge my own support to their wonderful cause.” 

Charlotte Sharratt added: “We were overwhelmed to learn that Chris is happy to become an ambassador for the charity and even more so that he’s auctioning off players’ shirts to raise funds for Libby Mae’s Little Angels. 

“We’d like to thank Chris and Birmingham City Football Club for their support, not to mention EZE Group for initiating the introduction through their EZE Wishes campaign.”

For more details about Libby Mae’s Little Angels, click here, follow @libbymaesangels on Twitter or 'like' Libby Mae's Little Angels on Facebook.

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