A signed Gareth Bale shirt was donated to Wales Air Ambulance to help raise lifesaving donations.

At a recent charity auction, Artstraws’ Managing Director Roger Russel won a Real Madrid shirt signed by Welsh footballer, Gareth Bale.

After placing the highest bid and winning the item, the company deciding to frame the autografted kit and donate it to a local charity to be auctioned off to raise funds.

Artstraws decided to donate the auction item to Wales Air Ambulance, to help the charity raise the donations to fund its emergency medical helicopter missions across Wales.

Managing Director, Roger Russell, and Artstraws’ Salesman, Mark Sharp, visited the crew at their South Wales airbase in Llanelli, presenting the auction item to WAA Flying Medic, Chris Hingston.

The Wales Air Ambulance charity needs to raise £6.5 million every year to fund its operations, with its lifesaving missions across Wales costing around £1,500.

The framed Gareth Bale shirt from Artstraws was auctioned off to help generate donations. The football kit was featured as the main prize in a surprise raffle, raising £1,100 for the Welsh helicopter charity.

Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Artstraws for their support.

“By kindly donating an amazing auction item, they are helping us to raise donations to fund our missions.

“As a charity, we rely on kind support to keep our four helicopters flying.”