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Home / Latest News / Sam Warburton donated his old rugby gear to a charity shop and it sold out in three hours

Sam Warburton donated his old rugby gear to a charity shop and it sold out in three hours

A charity shop Sam Warburton gave his kit to has now sold out.

The Welsh rugby captain dropped by the Rhiwbina Tenovus store with a bag of shirts and kit used by him and teammates.

In total, they raised almost £2,000 for the cancer charity. Staff had wondered whether the star washed his things beforehand – PR woman Bethan Rees joked they might have raised more if he hadn’t. But assistant manager Juliana Strong assured WalesOnline he had.

“They came in immaculate, he’s as good as gold,” Juliana said.

Shirts were sold for between £20 and £40.

“They went in two hours yesterday and an hour this morning,” Juliana said. “He bought his Cardiff Blues training kit and his Welsh rugby kit so we had the blues as well as the reds.”

‘He’s fantastic’

The big-hearted flanker also gave them sweat shirts, kit bags and training pants.

“He did the same for us last year,” Juliana said. “He’s fantastic and he has raised a lot of money.”

They decided to sell the stuff to locals instead of at auction.

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“We could have auctioned them but we have got a lot of fans that live in Rhiwbina,” Juliana said.

“It was nice for them to have a treat. We raised about £1,815.”

The kit was snapped up by fans in the shop and some who bought it over the phone.

‘Big supporter’

“They were people who had seen them on the net and we posted some out to people who paid over the phone,” Juliana said.

Bethan Rees said the rugby international was “a big supporter” of the charity.

“He always donates stuff,” she said. “He’s a lovely chap – he’s really nice and supportive of the shops in Rhiwbina. I don’t think he lives very far from the village.

“We are getting lots of tweets from people about what they have bought.”

On Thursday, shop manager Tina Way said they had raised £200 within 10 minutes of Sam’s things going on sale.

“He’s been amazing and extremely supportive towards us,” she said. “He’s come down and done it off his own back and we’re over the moon.”

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