Murray's Shirt Nets £10,000 For Charity
3 August 2016, 12:19
The T-shirt worn by Andy Murray when he won Wimbledon has raised £10,000 for charity.
Proceeds from the sale of the signed and framed shirt will go to Malaria No More UK, via CharityStars, which works to bring an end to the preventable disease.
The auction lasted 13 days and had 90 bids, with the eventual winner bidding £10,000 for Murray's shirt.
The tennis star, who beat Milos Raonic on July 10 to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam, said ahead of the auction: ''I'm proud to donate the T-shirt I wore when I won Wimbledon 2016 to help make malaria no more.
''We have a real shot at winning the fight against this disease and saving millions of lives. Please bid generously.''
Murray has been supporting the Malaria charity since 2009 and wore the Malaria No More logo on his sleeve throughout this year's Wimbledon tournament.
The charity aims to make malaria a thing of the past and save millions of lives by conquering the preventable and treatable disease which kills 438,000 people every year.
The most vulnerable victims are children under five and pregnant women, mainly in Africa.
Helen Mabberley, head of fundraising at Malaria No More UK, said: ''We're hugely grateful to Andy Murray for donating his winning Wimbledon shirt, and to CharityStars for helping run an online auction that capitalised on the excitement generated by Andy's second Wimbledon triumph.
''The auction proceeds will help us in our mission to achieve another historic win - beating this global killer disease for good.''
Robert Robinson, CharityStars UK managing director, said: ``We are delighted to have hosted this auction and helped raise a phenomenal amount of money for such an incredible charity.''