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go to the RPMF as well as he was helped by the fund him­self as a young­ster. Aged 10, he was awarded a sportshall medal by Ron Pick­er­ing him­self, while it was no se­cret he was one of Jean Pick­er­ing’s favourite young ath­letes.

Pre­vi­ously, items like this have typ­i­cally gone up for auc­tion at an­nual char­ity din­ners with bid­ders re­stricted to those at the func­tion. But this new idea opens up the pos­si­bil­ity for any­one to buy the items as Baulch strives to make char­ity fundrais­ing eas­ier.

Shaun Pick­er­ing, the son of Jean and Ron, says: “The Ron Pick­er­ing Memo­rial Fund was set up to help young ath­letes on their jour­ney to the top. It is al­ways very pleas­ing to us when ath­letes that we helped on that jour­ney, recog­nise the part that we played by giv­ing back to our char­ity.

“We have had ath­letes run in the Lon­don Marathon to raise money, nom­i­nate RPMF as their cho­sen char­ity on TV quiz shows, and even per­son­ally re­pay the to­tal in grants that they re­ceived from us in their youth. We are grate­ful that these great ath­letes ap­pre­ci­ate what we were able to do for them when they needed help and sup­port us in our ef­forts to help the next gen­er­a­tion.”

But hurry, there are just days to go be­fore bids close for Gemili’s and Rooney’s tops.

Adam Gemili has do­nated Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships kit, signed by team-mates

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