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Tuesday, 27 August, 2002, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Games 'spirit' aids Kirsty appeal
The Queen receives the Commonwealth baton from Kirsty Howard and David Beckham
Kirsty and David Beckham presented the Queen's baton
An appeal set up in the name of terminally ill Kirsty Howard is to benefit from the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

Kirsty, six, who was born with a back-to-front heart, was joined by David Beckham as she presented the Jubilee baton to the Queen at the Games' opening ceremony.

Now mementoes from the Games are to be given away to local groups this week in the hope that they will donate to the Kirsty Appeal in return.

Donations will be invested in the 50m appeal to help secure the future of the Francis House Children's Hospice in Greater Manchester, where Kirsty has been treated.

'Defining moment'

Items include up to 2,000 banners used to decorate the city in the run up to the games.

They are being given to schools, children's homes and residential homes by Manchester City Council and will either be auctioned for the appeal, or retained and a donation made.

Martin Pagel, deputy leader of the city council, said: "Kirsty Howard touched so many people when she handed over the baton at the City of Manchester stadium.

"It was the defining moment of the opening ceremony and it is in keeping with the spirit of the Commonwealth Games that the charity Kirsty represents should benefit from the legacy of the Games."


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