How you could win a bit of Wembley history by backing South Shields star's Great North Run

Jon Shaw is taking on the Great North Run this weekend. Picture: Peter Talbot.
Jon Shaw is taking on the Great North Run this weekend. Picture: Peter Talbot.

Fans are being given the chance to get their hands on some South Shields FC Wembley memorabilia - and help a great cause in the process.

Mariners vice-captain Jon Shaw, 33, is swapping his football boots for running shoes on Sunday when he takes on the challenge of the Great North Run.

Jon wants to raise more than 650. Picture: Peter Talbot.

Jon wants to raise more than 650. Picture: Peter Talbot.

All those who donate £5 or more to the 33-year-old's fundraising drive will be entered into a draw to win the boots he wore last season, including at Wembley in May when the club won the FA Vase.

The defender is raising funds for Ashgate Hospice, a Chesterfield-based organisation which provides specialist palliative care to terminally ill adults and their families.

Ashgate cared for Joan Gasston, the beloved grandmother of Jon's wife Victoria, before her death earlier this year.

Jon aims to raise more than £650 for the hospice, and is hoping the incentive of the boots will encourage more donations.

Jon is raising money for Ashgate Hospice with his run. Picture: Peter Talbot.

Jon is raising money for Ashgate Hospice with his run. Picture: Peter Talbot.

The Sheffield-born player, who joined Shields over a year ago, said: "People often find it difficult to commit to sponsoring and I completely understand that, so I thought I'd incentivise it and try to get the South Shields fans involved.

"These boots mean a lot to me and it will be tough for me to part with them.

"My wife would tell you that I've got so much memorabilia from my football career that I just can't part with, so this is big for me.

"It's a fantastic cause, though, and that's why I'm doing it.

"Ashgate were absolutely amazing with Joan, who was someone so special in our family, and after seeing how well they looked after her, I wanted to do something for them.

"I just want to raise as much money as possible.

"Every pound will count for Ashgate and I just want to support them as much as I can."

Jon will be completing the 13.1miles course between Newcastle and South Shields for the first time.

He was a key part of the Mariners team which won four trophies last season, and remains a vital part of the defence.

The Great North Run comes in the middle of a tough week for the club, with away trips to North Wales to take on Colwyn Bay on Saturday, and Lancashire to face Colne on Tuesday.

Jon added: "I always said that when I finished playing football full-time, this would be one of the first things I did, because I've always wanted to do it.

"I didn't realise at the time that it'd be sandwiched between trips to Colwyn Bay and Colne, but so be it!

"That has changed the way I've approached the run, as I orginally wanted to complete it in as quick a time as possible, but now that's less important.

"I just really want to do it and raise some money for a fantastic cause."

Those who donate £5 or more will be entered in a draw for the boots, which will be held next week.

To donate, visit Jon's Just Giving page here.