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Sky Bet raise over £18k in charity auction for Reverse Rett

Millwall Manager and Captain, Neil Harris and Tony Craig present the cheque to Reverse Rett's, John and Maureen Sharpe, grandparents to Amber

Sky Bet, the title sponsor of the EFL, have raised £18,782.84 for Reverse Rett in a charity auction of signed shirts and replica medals from the teams promoted in the 2016/17 season.

Millwall manager and club captain Neil Harris and Tony Craig were on hand to present Reverse Rett’s Chair of Trustees John Sharpe with a cheque, after a Millwall shirt and medal set sold in the auction raised over £800.

25 items from each of the 10 promoted clubs in the three EFL divisions were sold, with one Portsmouth shirt raising £1,911.

All proceeds from the auction have been donated to Reverse Rett, a UK medical research charity working to speed treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome is a neurological condition which most often strikes previously healthy little girls between their first and second birthday and leaves them with multiple disabilities and medical complexities for life.

Harris said: 'Anything we can give back as a football club, and as an industry ourselves to try and support Reverse Rett is worthwhile.'

'What a wonderful charity to be involved in. '

Sharpe said: 'Myself and my wife have a granddaughter, and when she was developing, she wasn’t hitting her milestones, and we found out when she was two she had Rett Syndrome.'

'Unless we find a cure, she won’t be able to live anything like a normal life. Reverse Rett raises money in order to fund research into treatments and a cure for research into this condition.'

'Scientific experiments cost a lot of money, but it’s so important that we do it, so this money will help an enormous amount and we’re terribly grateful to Sky Bet.'

Sky Bet spokesman Sandro Di Michele said: 'Reverse Rett is a charity we’ve supported for the last few years and one that we’ve seen what the money raised can do first hand.'

'Clinical trials have advanced so far in the previous four years and it feels like a breakthrough in the cure of Rett Syndrome is a real possibility in the near future.'

'Fans of the clubs involved in the auctions were as generous as ever with their donations and we’d like to thank everyone that took part.'