AN auction organised to boost a trust set up to help an inspirational cancer patient raised an massive £13,000.
Ben Murphy, of Newborough, underwent chemotherapy and then had to have his leg amputated last November.
The Ben Murphy Trust has been set up in his name to help him pay for a new prosthetic limb.
The auction was held at Newborough Village School and featured a vast array of items up for grabs.
These included an England Shirt signed by Roy Hodgson, a Jessica Ennis-Hill autograph with best wishes to the Ben Murphy fund, a powerboat experience in Plymouth and tickets to watch England versus Australia at Twickenham.
Other items included trips abroad, various culinary delights from cakes to extravagant meals and even a series of life coaching sessions.
It is believed that more than £13,000 was raised on the night as a result of the promise auction.
A group of Ben’s close friends are currently helping him throughout his illness and recovery and have already helped him raise £45,000 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust following, among other things, a cycle trek from Land End to John O’Groats.
The next event will be a charity bonfire and fireworks night from 6.30pm on Friday, November 8.
Up to 250 people are expected to attend the bonfire in Hanbury Road, Anslow, which will include a bouncy castle and a Guy Fawkes competition..
Event organiser Laura Hopcott said; “Ben’s doing so well already, and even walking without sticks now.
“We hope that in setting up the Ben Cancer Trust, it will take some of the pressure off Ben.
“He won’t need to worry about where the money is going to come from, and he will be able to enjoy his recovery in the knowledge that there are people around him to help.”
Ben attended Needwood Primary School and John Taylor High School before graduating from Plymouth University with a degree in Geography.
More information is available by visiting www.murphmania.co.uk