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EACH Treehouse Appeal auction includes Bobby Robson bag
Mark Murphy with Treehouse Appeal auction items
BBC Suffolk's Mark Murphy with Daniel O'Donnell's waistcoat and other lots

Sir Bobby Robson's holdall and balls signed by Manchester United and Mick Mills are being auctioned for the EACH Treehouse Appeal.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices is selling the items to raise money for a new centre in Ipswich.

"We've had so much stuff donated, we've really had to be quite ruthless to pick certain items to go on this time," said Hannah Bloom, co-ordinator for EACH.

Other items include a Daniel O'Donnell waistcoat and celebrity autographs.

The auction was launched on eBay on Friday, 26 November.

Sir Bobby Robson's red holdall was donated by Pat Godbold who was his personal secretary at Ipswich Town.

He used it for travelling while he was England manager.

Sir Bobby Robson's England holdall
Sir Bobby Robson's holdall which he used when he was England manager

Hannah Bloom said: "It's got 'Robbo' in biro at one end and it looks like it's been used and that's a timeless piece that you're not going to be able to pick up anywhere else."

Bidding was instantly brisk on the Manchester United football, which was donated by Patsy Bugg.

Her late father Jimmy Barker was the manager of various local sides including Ipswich Wanderers, Hadleigh, Brantham and Cranes Sports.

"My dad was into local football in a big way and one of his party pieces was to tell us about the time he met Sir Alex Ferguson, which we took with a pinch of salt," she said.

"Then Dave Allard put a piece in the Evening Star recounting the time when my dad and him actually met Sir Alex.

"So I wrote to Sir Alex and popped the piece in for his perusal and as a footnote I mentioned the Treehouse Appeal.

"Within four days the ball arrived on my doorstep with a certificate of authentication."

And she had to reject the idea of keeping it for members of her family.

"I've got a son-in-law and teenage grandsons who are Manchester United fans who would have wanted it for a Christmas present," she said.

"I wrestled with it for a nano-second, but thought my conscience won't let me do that.

"I've told them to get on there and bid for it."

Hannah Bloom, EACH
Hannah Bloom from EACH with a signed Arsenal FC shirt

Daniel's waistcoat

There are 35 items in the Treehouse Appeal eBay auction which runs until Friday 3 December.

Daniel O'Donnell's waistcoat was donated by Brian Bell of Ipswich who originally won it on the BBC Suffolk Country Show with Brian Mann.

Other items are signed postcards from Tom Selleck and David Tennant (as Dr Who), a football from former Ipswich and England captain Mick Mills, a signed Essex County Cricket Club bat, a cap and jacket from a steward at The Open at St Andrew's and two 12" singles by The Beat signed by band members Ranking Roger and Everett Morton.

"This is our first eBay auction and there will be subsequent ones," said Ms Bloom.

Treehouse appeal

BBC Suffolk is helping East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) raise £3m to build a new hospice in Ipswich.

To give money, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:

EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ

The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.

Donate online at EACH Treehouse Appeal .

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