The fundraising efforts of Rovers youngster Joe Grayson will help people in Blackburn who have been affected by coronavirus.

The 21-year-old Academy graduate has raised £1,400 by auctioning off four items of memorabilia, with all proceeds going towards the club’s official charity, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, who have led the club’s fight against COVID-19

The items included a Morten Gamst Pedersen shirt from 2004/05, signed by the whole squad, which raised £511, as well as a pair of the Norwegian’s signed boots (£330). There was also a signed Mark Hughes away shirt from 2000/01 season and the non-Rovers related item was a match-worn Aaron Ramsey Arsenal shirt from 2012 which raised £300 and £250 respectively.

Grayson, who followed in father Simon’s footsteps in August 2018 when he made his debut for the club, said: “I’ve seen the amazing work that the Community Trust have been doing during these difficult times and so I wanted to support that and make sure it would benefit the people of Blackburn who need it the most.

“I didn’t expect to raise the amount of money that we’ve raised when I first came across the items and thought of the idea. It’s gone through the roof and so I’m really thankful to everyone who’s put money towards such a worthy cause.”

Grayson also led the fundraising efforts of the Under-23s squad which raised over £1,000 for four local charities.

Gary Robinson, CEO of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust said: “We can’t thank Joe enough for this really generous donation.

“Like many other charities and businesses, our finances and revenue streams are being challenged during these uncertain times.

“Joe’s donation will make a massive difference and will help us deliver the vital services and initiatives that support local people that are in need at this difficult time.”