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Harry Helps Charity Cause

U's midfielder auctions shirt worn at Man Utd

19 May 2020

Colchester United star Harry Pell is auctioning the shirt he wore at Old Trafford for a U's fan's charity push.

Supporter Daniel Whymark's wife Katie gave birth to their son Lucas on October 14th last year, but tragically lost him the same day.

Harrry's shirt auction will raise valuable funds for baby bereavement charities supported by Daniel and Katie in memory of their son.

The couple's decision to name their son Lucas very much had a U's influence, with three of the current squad named Luke.

In addition, Lucas's arrival came shortly after Colchester had famously beaten Spurs on penalties in the Carabao Cup, with Lucas Moura missing one of the Premier League side's spot-kicks.

Pell heard about their story through his partner's Step-Father, came up with the idea of auctioning his shirt, and hopes that as much money as possible can be raised.

He told the Colchester Gazette: "It would be great if people could contribute to the Just Giving page, even if it's 50p because it's such a fantastic cause. It was great to speak to Daniel."

"He couldn't believe that I'd rung him - I think he was a bit shocked! He was very grateful and it's a lovely thing in memory of his son.

"It's had a big reaction from people so far and that's why I love playing for a family club. Unfortunately, there's a lot of negativity around with what's going on with the coronavirus.

"But for all of the negatives and despair, people are really caring for each other and this is another example of that. People are showing that they are there for each other.

"Daniel and Katie have, and are, going through a very difficult thing but people are coming together to help and that's why I wanted to get involved."

The twenty eight year old midfielder added: "As a Dad myself, I can't begin to understand the heartache Daniel and Katie are feeling but I'm hoping with the help of the Colchester United fans, family and friends we can come together and make them feel a little better!"

Daniel, 38, said: "On what would have been Lucas's six-month birthday, I opened up a page for raising money. People might know me from the U's fans website and I posted it on there."

"Harry Pell's future father-in-law saw my post and out of the blue, I was doing some gardening and my wife said 'Harry Pell is on the phone!'

"Harry is the Karl Duguid of our generation - every club needs a Harry Pell. For Harry to give up his shirt from what was such an iconic game against Manchester United was fantastic.

"The minute that people heard about it, the messages started coming in. The support that we've had has been overwhelming.

"With the fundraising that we've been doing, the end date would have been Lucas's first birthday.

"One of the charities that we're raising money for is the Baby Loss Counselling Service. It's about raising awareness about these charities.

"For example, we didn't even know that there's a specialist unit at Colchester Hospital to help people who have lost babies.

"We've learnt to not expect people to be so supportive because they don't know what we've been through. But Colchester United has always very much been a community club and we all look after each other."

Check out Harry's Twitter account to bid - @Harrypell_7 

To donate, click HERE.

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