Boro fans can bid on a set of this season's match-worn shirts and aid the fundraising efforts of former footballer Geoff Thomas.

The ex-England international thanked Boro manager Neil Warnock for sending the match-worn shirts as part of his nationwide fundraising drive for Cure Leukaemia.

Boro boss Warnock stepped in to help after learning that Thomas, who starred for Crystal Palace, Wolves and Nottingham Forest, is aiming to raise over £1m by cycling the full Tour de France route, one week ahead of the professionals next month.

The event, named The Tour 21, will see Thomas riding his 5th and final Tour de France challenge with 24 other amateur cyclists who are determined to hit their fundraising target for Cure Leukaemia. All funds raised will be invested in the national Trials Acceleration Programme which connects blood cancer patients from a UK catchment area of over 20 million people with potentially lifesaving clinical trials.

Thomas said: “I want to thank Neil, the players and the club for being so generous in donating match-worn shirts for Cure Leukaemia to auction and to the fans, who I know will be equally generous in their bidding. 

“Neil has a fantastic reputation in the game, but these off-field touches are incredible gestures and can make such a difference to a charity that helped save my life.

“I always enjoyed playing at Middlesbrough during my career and it is a fantastic football club with loyal and passionate fans.

“I hope that the bids can continue to come in for these special shirts to help our Tour 21 team progress ever-closer to our £1,000,000 target.

“The game has been touched many times by blood cancer with myself, former Middlesbrough loanee Carl Ikeme, Stiliyan Petrov, Sol Bamba and Middlesbrough Academy player Anthony Renton affected in recent years. Football has the power to beat blood cancer and Middlesbrough are leading the way at the end of such a difficult season for the club, players and fans being affected by COVID-19.”

You can place a bid on ‘The Big Boro Shirt Auction’ here. The auction closes at 9pm on Wednesday May 26.

More information on The Tour 21.

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