Take That star Howard Donald has generously donated the iconic jacket he wore during the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony to raise funds for his local RSPCA branch.

The Never Forget singer heard about how RSPCA Macclesfield, South East Cheshire and Buxton Branch is running low on funds and decided to help out by auctioning off a Saville Row jacket he wore during the historic stage show on eBay.

The jacket – which in its first two days received bids of almost £600 – is up for grabs by fans until October 15.

Howard Donald donates to RSPCA Cheshire

Branch Re-homing Co-ordinator volunteer Carmen Cole said: “Our RSPCA branch is experiencing a financial crisis and one of our wonderful cat fosterers is friends with Howard. When he heard of our appeal for funds he kindly donated his jacket that he wore at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

“We are absolutely delighted and so grateful to Howard for his support and kind donation and we are hoping the eBay auction will give us a much needed boost in funds.

“Sadly the costs of taking in animals that need our help is rising and as a branch we are responsible for our own fundraising.

“We rely mainly on volunteer fosterers who rehabilitate and assess our animals so that they are ready for finding their forever homes with loving new families.

“We are working tirelessly to try to raise the funds that are needed for vet bills and other costs that occur on a daily basis but this will give us a much needed boost.”

Howard Donald donates to RSPCA Cheshire (on stage)

To make a bid on Howard’s Olympic jacket in aid of RSPCA Macclesfield, South East Cheshire and Buxton Branch please visit http://ebay.eu/1Eok7fv 

Or to make a donation directly to the branch please visit http://www.rspca-macclesfield.org.uk/how-you-can-help/donate/ or text RESQ12 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

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