Millwall fan pays £500 for West Ham shirt to help boy with leukemia

PUBLISHED: 10:43 05 October 2011 | UPDATED: 10:55 05 October 2011

Robbie and Mark Dunn who won the shirt

Robbie and Mark Dunn who won the shirt


A five-year-old boy who suffers from leukemia has raised £500 for the charity which helps by auctioning a signed West Ham football shirt.

Robbie Hannam from Welling was diagnosed with leukaemia last July and even though he is in remission, he still has two more years of chemotherapy to go through.

The winning bid of £500 for the Children and Young Persons Service at EllenorLions Hospices, based in Dartford, was made by Millwall fan Mark Dunn, from Sidcup, last Friday (30). The father-of-two picked up the shirt and met the family on Tuesday (4).

He said: “I was actually in a Chinese take-away when I read about the auction in a local paper. I was moved by Robbie’s story and thought it was a really good cause. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t a Millwall shirt because I knew the money was going to a very deserving charity. I’m really glad I made a bid.”

A kind-hearted accountant donated the shirt signed by all the team to his Robbie’s father, Paul, 36, whom he met whilst taking a ride in his cab.

Robbie’s specialist chYps nurse Kay Elliott, who takes a blood sample from Robbie weekly at his home, said: “We are very appreciative to Mark and all the people who bid for the shirt. It is very important that we keep raising funds so that we can continue giving families our vital 24/7 care service.”

Last academic year, Robbie managed less than a dozen days at school, after having oral chemotherapy medicine given to him by his mum every night, intravenously chemotherapy every month and a lumber puncture every three months.

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