A SHOP selling retro, vintage and collectable football shirts to raise money for charity will return to Festival Place for three days only.

Football Shirts For Charity, which was set up by football fans and colleagues Jayme Sporton and Tania Harding, will open on the top floor of the shopping centre, near the Apple store, over the Easter weekend.

The shop contributes all profits from the sales of the shirts to the Bobby Moore fund, a branch of Cancer Research UK focused on funding bowel cancer research, set up by Mr Moore's widow, Stephanie Moore OBE after he sadly died from the cancer at the age of 51.

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The shirts have been donated by people from around the world, from international teams to local non-league sides, and Festival Place customers are also encouraged to drop off pre-loved kit that can be resold in the shop.

Jayme and Tania worked together as education consultants, but after Covid-19 dried up their job opportunities, they started thinking of another way to fill their time.

Jayme, a 50-year-old father-of-two from Basingstoke, wanted to do something to raise money for cancer after his friend died of bowel cancer, explaining that he set up the business to 'honour his name', combining his passion for football shirts with fundraising.

Tania, from Alton, said football has always been a big part of her life and is a passion she shares with her father.

When her dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 42, he was given less than a 15 per cent chance of survival.

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“Dad and I took solace watching matches together,” the 45-year-old previously said, adding; “Though it was very traumatic, we are thankful every day that he survived cancer.”

Tania’s life was again affected by cancer when she lost a university friend, Caroline, to the illness.

The shop will be open on Good Friday from 11am to 5pm, on Saturday March 30 from 10am to 6pm, and on Easter Monday from 11am to 5pm.