Louis Posted August 20, 2005 Report Share Posted August 20, 2005 A Star footballer has given a huge donation to help raise money for brave meningitis battler Harvey Phillips. It now looks like the auction and everything else combined with the £5,000 could raise up to £20,000. Everton player Duncan Ferguson, whose family are well known pigeon fanciers in Scotland, gave £5,000 to the fund for Harvey, as well as a silver charm for good luck. It is believed he read of Harvey's plight in a pigeon trade magazine which advertised an auction to be held on Sunday to raise money for the little boy. Auction organiser Tony Mardon (65), of Yarburgh, near Louth, had a huge shock when the post arrived in the morning. "We were opening the post and out popped this cheque. We cannot believe it," he said. "It now looks like the auction and everything else combined with the £5,000 could raise up to £20,000. "We have thanked him very much." Darren Phillips, Harvey's father, said it was unbelievable. He said: "It is mind-blowing and I cannot thank him enough. We are going to write to him." Harvey's uncle, Leighton Atkinson, of Reston Road, Legbourne, said the donation came completely out of the blue. He said: "Harvey's father, Darren, phoned me this morning and told me. He was very excited to have a cheque from somebody like that. It's a bit of a one off." The donation came just after a majestic pigeon flew in from the Queen's quarters in answer to Harvey's plight. The yearling blue chequer, Lady Anne, arrived at pigeon fancier Tony's home from the Royal Lofts, Sandringham. Mr Marden and his wife, Anne, have been working with the birds for 30 years. As previously reported, they were delighted when the Queen, a patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, offered one of her birds for the auction to raise money for the 10-month-old who got the potentially fatal bug earlier in the summer. Mr Mardon (65) said: "It's the first royal pigeon we have handled and it has caused tremendous interest. "Somebody will buy it for breeding purposes. It will be sold to a very proud new owner." There are already around 100 pigeons lined up for the auction on Sunday. Mr and Mrs Mardon hope they can raise £12,000 from the event at the My Father's Moustache pub, North Holme Road, Louth. It will be followed by a fun day, organised by Harvey's family, next Saturday, at Louth's Cordeaux School. As reported, Harvey returned to his Arundel Drive home on Wednesday. The little boy had both legs amputated below the knee, his right arm below his elbow, and the fingers of his left hand. He has spent almost two months at Sheffield Children's Hospital. Auction viewing is at 12.30pm. The auction starts between 2pm and 2.30pm. In tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph Harvey's parents speak for the first time since he returned home. Contact My Father's Moustache on (01507) 607796. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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