Damieon’s trek for charity just keeps on giving

Damieon.''Damieon Pickles (ok) who is off on a four week tour of New Zealand with the police rugby team, is pictured at the Shay on Monday.
Damieon.''Damieon Pickles (ok) who is off on a four week tour of New Zealand with the police rugby team, is pictured at the Shay on Monday.

A FORMER Fax player is auctioning the shirt he wore on his Everest expedition to raise cash for his next charity challenge.

Damieon Pickles, 41, got to base camp with the rugby top on his trekking adventure – but had to be flown to hospital when he was taken ill with pneumonia and acute altitude sickness.

Undeterred by his ordeal, the intrepid fund-raiser is now preparing to run next year’s London Marathon and will flog the shirt to the highest bidder to help raise the minimum £1,600 donation for disabled children’s charity Whizz Kids.

Damieon, a policeman in Oldham, said: “I got the shirt donated by Halifax Blue Sox because I’m a former player. I used to play for them in the 90s.

“I had my details printed on the back and signed it and the current first team signed the front. It’s quite a unique shirt.”

Next year’s marathon will be his fourth. He first ran the London race in 2007, followed by events in New York and Wales - all in aid of different children’s charities.

“Having children myself I always try to do it around children’s issues,” he said. His Everest trek, which he completed with his brother Lee and friend Andy, raised more than £12,000 for Overgate Hospice, the Stroke Association and Seafarers UK.

“It was the worst time of my life. I was so ill you wouldn’t believe,” said Damieon.

“But it was worth it because we did it for the charities. They’ve all played a part in each of our lives.”

l To bid on the shirt, email damieonhartleypickles@hotmail.co.uk with your offer before Wednesday December 21.

To sponsor him in the marathon run, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/luker-running-club