World Cup winner and hat trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst has signed a football to be auctioned off this week to raise money for the Stop the Heartbreak appeal.
Tuesday sees the opening of a two day-heart screening campaign and 200 young people aged 14-35 being checked out for undiagnosed heart problems.
The Cardiac Risk in the Young event is taking place at the Oxstalls Campus in Longlevens.
Other lots include signed football memorabilia from Cardiff City FC and Swindon Town FC, a signed Gloucester rugby shirt and rugby ball signed by players from Newport Dragons RFC.
Photos signed by Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and actor Sir Michael Caine are also up for grabs, along with rounds of golf at Cotswold Hills, Thornbury and Filton golf clubs and a night out at the Hatton Court Hotel.
Other prizes include an Apple iPod Touch, six months membership at Aspire Health and Fitness, Bristol rugby tickets and afternoon tea and a tour of the House of Commons with Stroud MP Neil Carmichael.
Lots have also been donated by Smart Communications, Arrhythmia Alliance, Aspire sports and cultural trust and True Fitness.
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The two-days will start off in appropriate fashion with Sir Steve Redgrave beginning the University Rowing Club’s 36-hour rowing challenge at 10am on Tuesday, April 8, followed by a talk and question and answer session from 12 until 1pm and a family ‘Meet Sir Steve’ session starting at 3pm.
On Wednesday, April 9, Sir Steve will be kicking off the day by attending the popular University of Gloucestershire All Golds Business Breakfast at 7.30am, which will include a talk to local businesses.
He will then be taking a tour around the exhibition stands, before taking part in a ‘beat the goalie’ session at 12.15 and observing a sports science demonstration in the University’s Performance Lab.
His wife, Dr Ann Redgrave, GB Rowing’s Team Doctor, will be holding an ‘Anti-doping in Sport’ talk and Q&A session from 11am until 12 on Wednesday, April 9.