Boys support charity’s life-saving work

The Gis A Hug Foundation has said a massive thank you to a group of three young lads who are helping support the charity through an online sports auction.

Ethan Park and brothers Rob and Thomas Warnock will be auctioning off a huge array of sporting memorabilia on internet site Ebay this week.

Rob Warnock, Ethan Park and Thomas Warnock with Catherine McFerran from the Gis A Hug Foundation.

Rob Warnock, Ethan Park and Thomas Warnock with Catherine McFerran from the Gis A Hug Foundation.

The boys have been working for a considerable time to gather the pieces which include a Liverpool football top signed by the whole team, an autographed Andy Murray shirt and a football signed by the entire Rangers Football Club before it went into administration, which is sure to be a popular collector’s item.

The boys’ collection of items also includes a signed Matt Le Tissier Southampton top and two Northern Ireland jerseys signed by the team which will all be auctioned off individually.

The auction was the idea of Whiteabbey boy Ethan Park, who thought it would be an idea to help support the charity and raise awareness of the work it does.

The 12-year-old Liverpool supporter said: “The work the charity does in raising awareness of the dangers of gas is very important and it’s good that so many people have helped us out and hopefully it will raise lots of money for all the good work of the foundation and raise awareness.”

Rob Warnock (14) added: “We have really been overwhelmed with all the stuff people have given us. We never thought we would get so much - everyone has been really generous.

“Ethan was talking to us about getting football shirts for auction and we thought we could help him and it’s been amazing.”

Catherine McFerran from the Gis A hug Foundation said she was impressed by the work of the three young boys.

She added: “They did this all on their own and we were all so impressed. This is the side of youth you never see and we wanted to offer our thanks for all their help.”

She added: “All the money raised will go to supplying carbon monoxide gas alarms and raising awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

“On behalf of the charity we would really like to thank Ethan, Rob and Thomas for all their help - and to everyone who has supported us, it really is overwhelming for us all.”

The Gis a Hug Foundation was set up in memory of Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson, who tragically died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Castlerock in August 2010.

Since their tragic deaths their parents and friends have campaigned to raise awareness of the dangers of the gas, known as ‘the silent killer’.