FOOTBALL fans can help kick-off our part of a fundraising campaign for safety improvements on the A141 in Huntingdon by bidding for some fantastic sporting memorabilia. Some of the prized items include a football signed by the Chelsea team, a signed photo
FOOTBALL fans can help kick-off our part of a fundraising campaign for safety improvements on the A141 in Huntingdon by bidding for some fantastic sporting memorabilia.
Some of the prized items include a football signed by the Chelsea team, a signed photograph of the Arsenal squad, and a Middlesbrough shirt, again signed by the players. There are also items from other Premiership teams, including both the red and blue sides of Liverpool, and Sunderland.
Other, smaller clubs from further down the football leagues have also generously donated items to help raise money for the Warren Hay Road Safety Action Group.
All of the items - and any extra we receive over the next few weeks - will be auction off over the next month.
The auction site, which goes live today (Friday February 8, 2008) - follow the link below, will be updated with the current winning bids - so you'll know exactly how much you need to pay to win an item.
Every pound raised from the auction will eventually help improve the road where 16-year-old St Peter's School pupil Warren Hay, from Alconbury, was killed in an accident.
The football fanatic had been crossing the A141 on his way to watch a match at Jubilee Park.
Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed to a £160,000 scheme to improve the road, but safety campaigners believe more can be done to provide a safer crossing for pedestrians.
Warren's mother, Maxine Hay, said: "The support we, the action group have received and continue to receive from The Hunts Post and its readers is above and beyond our expectations.
"On a personal level I'm overwhelmed with how the public have rallied together to campaign for safety improvements on the A141 and to keep Warren's memory alive."
Andy Veale, editor of The Hunts Post, added: "The football clubs which have donated the items for this auction have been extremely generous, and for that they have our thanks - especially Port Vale which replied to our letter within 48 hours.
"Hopefully now the football fans across the county - and indeed the country - will be just as generous and help support a Huntingdonshire mother's fight for road safety improvements on the stretch of the A141 which stole the life of her son."
The CCC scheme would see a ban on right turns into and out of the Kings Ripton junction on the A141 and a traffic island built.
However, the council has also said it would upgrade the scheme to a light controlled crossing - costing £300,000 CHECK - if money was put forward by Huntingdonshire District Council, Huntingdon Town Council and the action group.
The Hunts Post believes the town council is due to help fund the scheme while HDC is still looking into the possibility of providing funding.
The online auction will help push all the parties closer to their target.
INFORMATION: For a full list of items follow the link below..