A charity raffle prize to win a signed and framed football shirt by England and Leicester City football striker Jamie Vardy is up for grabs at the post office in Valley Road, Melton.
Post office manager Craig Vincent (41), wants to raise funds for the NSPCC and so plucked up the courage to ask Jamie’s fiancee, Bex Nicholson, a regular customer for a raffle prize.
Touched by the plea of her local post office for a signed team sheet or programme to raise funds for the NSPCC, Bex promptly got her intended to sign a shirt which will now be raffled in the shop.
Craig said: “It was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek request, but she said she would ask Jamie to sign a shirt. I work on the basis if you don’t ask you don’t get.
“The company I work for, which houses the Spar store where we are based, has the NSPCC as its charity and we’re always thinking of ways to raise money.”
Tickets for the shirt will be £2 each at the shop with draw likely to be some time in the new year. It is hoped a minimum of £1,000 will be raised for the charity.
Bex, who this week celebrated Jamie winning the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award, said: “I use the post office all the time and the manager asked me if we could get something signed by Jamie to raffle off. I said ‘leave it with me’ and I went back in with a shirt he’d signed. We’re both quite keen to help local businesses and support a fantastic charity like the NSPCC.
“Craig has asked if me, Jamie and our daughter, Sofia, who’s one, will go back to do the draw.”