Search

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

Archant

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 Mears Sir 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.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Sue Spong is one of Saint Francis Hospice’s Family Support Services and is marking her 60th birthday by running her 17th London marathon.

10:00

Katie Beal, 35, was inspired to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles after she had a pre-cancerous tumour removed from her pancreas in August, 2016.

It may have started off as a joke, but Danny Stokes is in full training mode for the London Marathon and all set for race day.

09:00

Headmaster and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust, Chris Hobson, was inspired to run the London Marathon after he was diagnosed with the same heart condition that a 12-year-old pupil died of.

It was refreshing to read Andrew Rosindell MP last week in Romford Recorder talking about our community and values.

Yesterday, 21:33

Andy Brownlie has been training six days a week for his first marathon, egged on by the fact that as a boy he watched his father complete the world famous race not once but twice.

Yesterday, 15:00

This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon follows the usual route from Greenwich Park to the Mall.

PROMOTED CONTENT

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

NC Construction Services Ltd, based in Hornchurch, Essex, is branching out into residential home improvements and refurbishments after many years working in the commercial sector, in direct response to potential clients looking to add space and value to their property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now