Sporting memorabilia auction for little Jacob

Jacob Duffy, from Middleton, who was born with a series of health problems.'''Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Jacob Duffy, from Middleton, who was born with a series of health problems.'''Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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RARE LEEDS United memorabilia will go under the hammer at a fundraising event to raise money for a Middleton boy born with a range of health problems.

The family of 10-month-old Jacob Duffy launched the Looking Through Jacob’s Eyes appeal to build a sensory room for the youngster, who suffers from an undiagnosed complex syndrome which left him with a hole in his heart and a number of eye conditions – as well as 12 fingers and 12 toes.

PureGym in Hunslet will host a four-hour fundraising event this Friday, September 18, to raise money for the appeal. It will include an auction of sporting goods including the last pair of boots worn by Dom Matteo when he played for Leeds; a signed 1991 Leeds United football; a signed Hunslet Hawks rugby ball and signed boots belonging to Jimmy Watson.

The event, which takes place between 5pm and 9pm, is open to both PureGym members and the public. Fundraising gym classes will be held by PureGym personal trainers, and a DJ will provide entertainment.

Assistant gym manager Marcus George said: “After hearing Jacob’s story, we all felt compelled to do our bit to help out a local little boy who’s had a really tough start to life.

“His mother is a member here and we hope that we raise lots of money for her, Jacob and the rest of their family.”

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