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Cullingworth couple hold charity auction in memory of daughter
9:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in News
The parents of a gifted student who died a day before her 22nd birthday are continuing to raise funds in her memory and their latest venture is an online charity auction of rugby league memorabilia.
Katie Wilkinson, a former pupil of Bingley Grammar School, was a massive rugby league fan and her parents, Liz and Allan Wilkinson, of Cullingworth , aim to raise money through something their daughter loved and which gave them so many happy family times.
The ebay auction starts tomorrow and the couple are urging people to get bidding.
Mrs Wilkinson, 61, a retired teacher, said: “Katie loved rugby league and was an avid fan of Leeds Rhinos, so we decided to try and raise funds for Katie's Forget Me Not Fund for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
“I have written to all the Super League clubs to see if they would donate a signed shirt for a charity ebay auction. They say rugby league is a family game and we have had quite a positive response and have met some very supportive people.”
Items in the sale include signed 2012 shirts from Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings, Hull FC, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Bradford Bulls. An Exiles shirt signed by this year’s team, as well as a 2012 Challenge Cup programme, signed by the winning team Warrington Wolves, a World Club challenge ball signed by the starting Leeds Rhino team and a Leeds Rhino ball signed by the 2010 team are also up for auction.
Katie was in her final year of a degree course at the University of East Anglia when she died. She had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2005, and had received chemotherapy and achieved remission. Tragically, while her immune system was weakened she developed a rare infection which doctors were unable to treat.
Since her death in 2006 her parents have raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities in Katie’s memory.
Mrs Wilkinson added: “Katie inspires us. She used to make a difference in life. Through our fundraising I think we can try and do that in her name and create a legacy for her.”
To bid for the items, go to myworld.ebay.co.uk/lizallan10. The auction runs for seven days from 7pm tomorrow to Friday, October 5.