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West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking volunteers at Romford Cancer Research shop

PUBLISHED: 16:29 23 October 2017

Sir Trevor Brooking with staff at the Cancer Research UK charity shop in Romford. Picture: Ken Mears

Sir Trevor Brooking with staff at the Cancer Research UK charity shop in Romford. Picture: Ken Mears

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West Ham icon Sir Trevor Brooking caused a stir at Romford’s Cancer Research charity shop, South Street.

Sir Trevor signs a shirt for a fan. Picture: Ken MearsSir Trevor signs a shirt for a fan. Picture: Ken Mears

The ex-England footballer, 69, spent his lunchtime on Friday, October 20 taking selfies and signing autographs for Stand Up To Cancer, an annual fundraising campaign by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. He also revealed his father had been affected by the disease.

He said: “In recent years tremendous progress has been made on the treatment of cancer and there have been many successful programmes, which now offer real hope for thousands of people.

“Charities like Cancer Research UK have contributed significantly to this progress and that is why I am always happy to give my support.”

Star-struck visitors were encouraged to donate money, buy Stand Up To Cancer cupcakes, and purchase raffle tickets. The first prize is a football signed by Sir Trevor, and the second prize is a ball signed by six members of the current West Ham team. Winners will be announced at the shop at 4pm, December 16.

Sir Trevor urged the public to donate bags of clothes, handbags and shoes, which can fetch more than £25 if the donor signs up to gift aid.

His niece Clare Brooking, 41, who lives in Gidea Park, is a volunteer at the Romford shop, and is responsible for getting her uncle involved. She said: “It’s a fantastic day. It’s so important to give back to charity and make a difference.”

The event was organised by shop manager Caroline Austin who was praised for her hard work by many of the volunteers. Caroline, 56, said: “It’s gone really well, I’m impressed by the money donated. Our aim was to raise £1,500, but I estimate we’ve exceed £1,900 already.

“We are so grateful to Sir Trevor Brooking for giving us his support.

“We’re on the brink of revolution in cancer research. Thanks to improvements and early diagnosis, more people are surviving than ever before.”

Stand Up to Cancer ends on November 19.

Potential volunteers are encouraged to drop into the charity shop, visit the website cruk.org, or follow the Romford team on twitter @CRUKromford.

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