Exclusive signed Football League club shirts and balls will be auctioned off by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust (BWCT) after they were generously donated by credit card company Capital One, sponsor of The League Cup.
BWCT will be auctioning all shirts online to raise funds for Wanderers Hearts and Goals - a year-long campaign with Bolton Wanderers and North West Ambulance Service to reduce deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.
Money raised will be used to fund a training package that will enable BWCT to deliver regional sessions to Premier League and Championship club's Community Trust's and Foundations which will include the Hearts and Goals model training course, defibrillator training, as well as showing them how to fundraise and link with local partners to get maximum impact and sustainability from the project.
As part of its sponsorship of The League Cup, Capital One received two signed balls and two signed shirts from each of the 72 clubs across League 1, League 2 and the Championship.
Capital One wanted to use the items to raise money for charitable causes and has donated half of its goods to Wanderers Hearts and Goals, which will allow the charity to continue its exemplary work in raising awareness of what to do in a life-threatening emergency.
Fronted by former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, Hearts and Goals provides lifesaving training and defibrillators for sports clubs, community centres and busy public spaces across the UK. More than 100,000 people are killed from sudden cardiac death in the UK every year and CPR delivered with a defibrillator massively increases the survival rate from 5% to 50%.
Michael Woodburn, Chief Marketing Officer at Capital One, said: "Hearts and Goals is a fantastic charity and Capital One is delighted to be involved in supporting the campaign. We hope the money raised through the auction can help them continue their great work in raising awareness and giving communities across the country access to life saving equipment."
Auction details will be released in Mid-June.