School’s World Cup sticker album creations up for auction this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 July 2018

Australia defender and Bristol City captain Bailey Wright and Iceland's Hörður Magnússon, who has recently joined CSKA Moscow, posing with their Flaxini portraits.

Australia defender and Bristol City captain Bailey Wright and Iceland's Hörður Magnússon, who has recently joined CSKA Moscow, posing with their Flaxini portraits.

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A World Cup sticker album created by schoolchildren will go under the hammer this week in the hope of raising valuable cash for a pair of charities.

Pupils with stickers for the Flaxini Sticker Book.Pupils with stickers for the Flaxini Sticker Book.

Flax Bourton Primary School pupils have created the Flaxini Sticker Book – inspired by the classic Panini albums which task football lovers with collecting the squads of football teams – which will be auctioned off on Sunday ahead of the World Cup final.

All 576 players who have taken part in the festival of football have been drawn on blank cards by pupils, parents, teachers and celebrities – in a bid to raise cash for Bristol’s city centre hospitals and The Bobby Moore Fund.

Famous faces which have created self-portrait stickers for the book include football legend and former Three Lions manager Kevin Keegan, rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson and Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane.

Icelandic defender Hördur Magnússon and Australia’s Bailey Wright, captain of Bristol City, have posed with the children’s drawings of them.

The album has fetched a top bid of £300 so far – and the auction will close one hour before the final kicks off on Sunday, which depending on tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) game could see England play.

Parent Josh Brown said: “The kids have worked really hard to get all the stickers drawn and the final album looks fantastic.

“We’ve got some really great celebrity contributions to the album so I’m looking forward to seeing how much money the auction will raise.”

The project was started by Mr Brown in memory of two villagers who lost battles with bowel cancer, which ‘devastated’ Flax Bourton’s ‘tight-knit community’.

Both charities will use the money raised to fund bowel cancer research.

He added: “Since then we have raised more than £40,000 for bowel cancer charities through various fundraising events.”

Lydia McGivern, of Above & Beyond – the registered charity for Bristol’s city centre hospitals – said: “The school have done amazingly to put the album together and get so many great celebrities on board.

“I have loved looking at the stickers and I can’t wait to see the final album.”

The auction is available to view online at www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flaxini-World-Cup-Album-Primary-school-children-draw-footballers-for-chairity-/153087524479

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