Foxes striker’s shirt smashes £1,000 target

Jamie Vardy's fiancee Bex Nicholson, with daughter Sofia, post office manager Craig Vincent and post office supervisor Debbie Smith 'PHOTO: Alex Hannam - Leicester Mercury picture EMN-151113-155609001
Jamie Vardy's fiancee Bex Nicholson, with daughter Sofia, post office manager Craig Vincent and post office supervisor Debbie Smith 'PHOTO: Alex Hannam - Leicester Mercury picture EMN-151113-155609001
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A shirt signed and donated by Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy for raffle has reached its £1,000 target for a children’s charity.

Touched by the plea of her local post office for a signed team sheet or programme to raise funds for the NSPCC, Bex Nicholson - Jamie’s fiancee - promptly got her intended to sign a shirt, which is being raffled in the Melton shop on Valley Road.

The tickets, which were put on sale at £2 each last month, have now reached the minimum £1,000 target for the charity set by post office manager Craig Vincent, 41. The current total is about £1,100.

The shirt was donated after Craig - a Mansfield Town fan who remembers the striker playing against The Stags in his FleetwoodTown days - plucked up the courage to ask Bex, a regular customer at the post office, for a raffle prize.

Craig said: “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.”

“We reached the £1,000 target this week and it already stands at about £1,100. One guy bought £40 worth.

“It’s gone mad and when he scores it creates more interest.

Jamie recently broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s scoring record which had stood since 2003 by netting 11 goals in as many consecutive games. He has also played for Roy Hodgson’s England team on four ocassions.

Bex, Jamie and their daughter Sofia, who’s one, will be drawing the winner sometime in the New Year.