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Castro dolls help raise money for Matt

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A knitted Martin Castrogiovanni doll that started life as a child's birthday present is helping to raise money for the Matt Hampson Foundation.

Val Moore, a season ticket holder in the Goldsmiths Stand at Welford Road, created the doll for her granddaughter Lizzie Colclough, who is a huge Castro fan.

It caught the imagination of Tigers, Italy and rugby fans across the world after photos of ‘Castro’ were shared on the Tigers Facebook and Twitter pages.

Now Val, who works for Adey Holdings, a company run by Tigers director and former back rower Garry Adey, has made the knitting pattern available for a contribution to the Matt Hampson Foundation.

“So far I have sold 52 patterns and I have got other requests coming in. Patterns have been sent to Australia and America. I have had a lot of interest from Yorkshire, and from Devon and quite a few from Nuneaton,” says Val, who is working on translating the pattern into Italian for fans of the Azzurri.

“One lady is going to use the pattern to make an Adam Jones doll for her grandson and there’s another lady who is going to make a whole team. I also have six confirmed orders for me to make.”

For more information or to request a copy of the pattern for a contribution to the Matt Hampson Foundation, email Val at [email protected]