Iconic soap prop to go up for auction for charity

Roxanne Pallet with the original London 2012 Olympic torchbearer tracksuit top, worn and signed by EastEnders star Perry Fenwick (Billy Mitchell).
Roxanne Pallet with the original London 2012 Olympic torchbearer tracksuit top, worn and signed by EastEnders star Perry Fenwick (Billy Mitchell).

An iconic tracksuit worn by a soap star is to go up for auction to help raise money for charity.

Perry Fenwick, who plays Billy Mitchell in EastEnders, wore the tracksuit during the live Olympic torch episode in July 2012.

Earlier this year, the item was gifted to St Oswald’s Hospice, in Newcastle, by ex-Emmerdale star, Roxanne Pallett – with the tracksuit being signed by the pair.

The piece will be auctioned off by the Hospice via their eBay shop from Sunday, October 18, to Sunday, October 25.

Bidding will start at £100 and it is hoped that the one-off item will appeal to collectors and soap fans alike. All money raised from the sale of the tracksuit will go towards the Hospice’s annual fundraising target of £7m.

The tracksuit was worn by Perry during the live segment of the Olympic torch episode which aired on the BBC soap in July 2012.

The eight minute long scene made soap history, as it saw well known character, Billy Mitchell carry the real Olympic torch past some of Walford’s most well-known landmarks, during EastEnders live episode.

He gifted the piece to his friend, Roxanne under the condition she then pass it on to a good cause.

Roxanne said: “Last year, my pal, Perry Fenwick, kindly gave me his signed EastEnders costume from his iconic Olympic torch episode to keep for an important cause or charity.

“I am choosing to donate it the St Oswald’s because last Christmas I saw first-hand just how precious the place is.

“Hopefully this collector’s item, worn by EastEnders cheeky chap, Billy Mitchell, will have fans all over the country bidding to raise funds for a special charity.”

Daniel Armstrong, E-commerce assistant at St Oswald’s, said: “We are very excited about this piece.

“We often get quirky items to sell but this is quite unique and will hopefully appeal to soap and sport fans alike. We are aiming high with this, bidding starts at £100 but we really hope it will fetch more.

“We appreciate all donations, big and small, you can sell almost anything on eBay, and it’s a great way to get as much interest as possible in our more unique items.

“Thank you to Roxanne for thinking of us – fingers crossed we raise lots of funds for the Hospice.”

The auction is at http://stores.ebay.co.uk/St-Oswalds-Hospice