Several former Nottingham Forest players are to come together to support Treetops Hospice ahead of the Samantha Birtles Trophy fixture later this month.
The Midlands-based charity are currently providing care for ex-Forest forward Garry Birtles’ wife, Samantha, as she suffers from terminal pancreatic cancer.
Alongside a charity match featuring 50 football icons – including members of the 1979 and 1980 UEFA Cup winning sides – football fans have the opportunity to win a wide range of sporting memorabilia.
Among the items available is an England shirt signed by the squad and donated by manager Gareth Southgate, a Diego Maradona signed picture, a Real Madrid shirt signed by Cristiano Ronaldo, a signed cricket bat from Ben Stokes, and signed items by Lee Westwood.
Around 50 former players will compete in a charity match raising money for Treetops Hospice at Basford United’s stadium on June 27.
Birtles, who scored 96 goals in more than 200 appearances during a 10-year spell at the City Ground, said: “In these times, it’s very difficult for charities to raise money.
“Treetops need approximately £8,000 per day per carer and are looking to raise over £4 million to have a facility where people can be looked after overnight.
“Everybody who’s come together, and everyone involved in the committee, have been fantastic and what we’ve managed to achieve so far is phenomenal.
“I can’t thank them enough. The list of players that has been put together is staggering and they’re from all generations.”
Woodcock added: “The whole of Nottingham has come together for this and it’s for such a worthy cause.
“The trigger to start this was Garry’s wife, Samantha, and then when we started looking into Treetops and met the people there – they do a fantastic job and are helping the Nottingham public.
“Until you’re in the situation of Samantha, which is incredibly sad, you don’t realise how much help the staff can give you.
“It’s been a long haul for Garry over the last couple of years but we’re able to make a positive difference and I’d like the Nottingham public to all get behind this with a small donation which can go a long way.
“As soon as we reached out to people and once they heard the background about
what we’re doing they couldn’t have helped any quicker, even during such a difficult
time for everyone with the pandemic.
“It’s a coming together of the Nottingham public and everyone is fully behind this great cause.”
Supporters can get involved with the auction, which runs until mid-day on July 30, by clicking here.