Two Lips event seals chance to wear the rose

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Organisers of this year’s Rotary Two Lips Charity Ball are giving guests the chance of wearing the shirt of an England rugby star with Spalding ties.

The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland is hosting the black tie charity night at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, on Saturday, May 16 starting at 7pm.

But with the help of the Guardian, people can help raise money for four charities now by sending in sealed bids for a signed rugby shirt worn and donated by Jonathan Joseph for England against Ireland in this year’s RBS Six Nations Championship in March.

Rodney Britten, former club president and Jonathan’s grandad, said: “He’s always been good at sport and when he was 10, Jonathan looked like being a tennis player.

“He was also a very good footballer, but his father Ivan used to play rugby union so there was a lot of influence put on Jonathan to play rugby and he finally took the game up so he could be with his friends.”

All monies raised from the ball will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, Spalding PHAB (Physically Disabled and Able-Bodied) Club and Rotary Club causes at home and overseas.