Sporty collection will support #TeamGeorge

Dav id Beckham wearing the #teamgeorge hat in support of youngster George Robinson.

Dav id Beckham wearing the #teamgeorge hat in support of youngster George Robinson.

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Businesswoman Sophie, of King Street Industrial Estate, Langtoft, hopes her new designs will add to the growing support for #teamgeorge through 2016.

To help raise funds, homeware designer Sophie Allport has unveiled her new sporty ‘Balls’ collection, which includes fine bone china mugs covered in rugby, football, cricket, tennis and golf balls.

Jem and Sophie Allport supporting #teamgeorge

Jem and Sophie Allport supporting #teamgeorge

She said: “As a mother of rugby playing boys we wanted to do as much as we could to help George and his family.

“We have come up with a number of initiatives to raise money for this brave young man in 2016.”

£1 will be donated for every mug sold from the ‘Balls’ range throughout 2016, which can be bought from the website - sophieallport.com - or from the Langtoft shop.

Meanwhile it seems the latest must-have accessory for sports stars and celebrities to wear is a #teamgeorge hat, and now David Beckham has given his support to the Stamford School student injured in a rugby accident last year.

The photo of Beckham was shared on Twitter as part of the #teamgeorge campaign, started by friends and family of teenager George Robinson, who sustained a spinal cord injury while playing rugby in South Africa in July.

Beckham who is almost as famous for his range of hairstyles as he is for his skills on the pitch, proudly wore one of the hats being sold in order to raise money for George, after a trust was set up to help fund any specialist equipment, personal care and support that he requires going forward.

Following 37 days in a South African hospital and five weeks in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, George is now being rehabilitated in the Princess Royal Spinal Unit in Sheffield.

Beckham is the latest in a long line of famous faces to join the #teamgeorge campaign, including both current and legendary England rugby and cricket players, like Jonny Wilkinson and Ian Botham, as well as TV stars such as Holby City and Casualty’s Amanda Mealing.

It has been made possible thanks to the network built up by trustees including Gareth and Linda Evison, who are themselves parents of George’s classmate Sam.

“It has snowballed, and people are falling over themselves to support George,” said Mr Evison, who was actually out with the school in South Africa when the accident happened, and wanted to do all he could to help.

In response to this latest show of solidarity, George’s dad, Simon Robinson, said: “The goodwill that is being generated for George is magnificent. We love the simplicity of how people are demonstrating their support with #teamgeorge. It has grown into a source of good energy and optimism.

“George is continuing to work hard and adapt to his injury, and the support makes him and our family smile and even more determined to push the boundaries.”

The hats and other #teamgeorge merchandise, including T-shirts, water bottles and wrist bands, are available to purchase from Energy Clothing on Ironmonger Street, the Stamford School shop on St Paul’s Street, and through the #teamgeorge Facebook page www.facebook.com/teamgeorge2015/

Several Sophie Allport employees are also tackling the ‘three peaks challenge’ on April 4 to raise money for #teamgeorge, and all proceeds from the raffle, tea, coffee and cakes at Sophie’s annual sale on June 10, will go to the cause too. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/teamgeorge2015