Ross organises charity auction in memory of his hero brother

M&S Charity Auction SUS-151124-092352001
M&S Charity Auction SUS-151124-092352001

Signed shirts by football and rugby stars Wayne Rooney and Johnny Wilkinson are among the items being auctioned off at Marks and Spencers to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

The auction takes place at the Ravenside branch of Marks and Spencers on Friday November 27 at 7pm.

It has been organised by M&S staff member Ross Hastings, 26, in memory of his brother Lee Hastings.

Former Bexhill High School pupil Lee died last year, aged 30, after losing his battle against brain cancer.

Lee served as a soldier in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mum Angela Hastings, of Salisbury Road, said: “Ross has been busy contacting various celebrities getting them to donate memorabilia like signed football shirts, hats, books, DVDs and lots more.

“Wayne Rooney has sent an England shirt and Johnny Wilkinson has sent a signed worn training rugby shirt.

“There will also be a raffle and Marks and Spencer are putting on food and wine tasting.”

The auction on Friday is part of an ongoing effort by staff at the Ravenside branch to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Earlier this month 12 staff members completed the gruelling Bexhill Poppy Run course battling rain, wind and hail. This effort was also organised by Ross.

It was his brother Lee who gave him the inspiration as he completed the same run two years ago, just eight weeks after undergoing major brain surgery.

Ross commented: “It was the worst weather imaginable to run in but everyone managed to finish for this great cause.”

Other charity events organised by the store have included a Waxathon, Games Day and boot sale. So far more than £1,500 has been raised for the charity.

Mum Angela Hastings described M&S efforts for the Brain Tumour Charity as “absolutely fantastic” adding: “M&S could have chosen the charity without that connection but because Ross is working there, who lost his brother, it makes it so much more personal.”

Lee Hastings joined the Queen’s Grenadier Guards having passed out at the age of 21.

He served in Afghanistan, where he was attached to the Royal Anglians, as well as Iraq. Lee, who was married, had left the army and settled in Hornchurch, working in security, when he became ill.

If you would like to donate to the appeal you can visit the Just Giving website at

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