Family and friends raise £12,000 in memory of local sportsman

An auction of sports memorabilia has raised £12,000 for two cancer charities, with half the money raised to go to CLIC Sargent.

Family and friends raise £12,000 in memory of local sportsman

Sport memorabilia auction success

The event was held at Wells Cathedral School by family and friends of the former pupil, Niall Mellis, who died of cancer in April 2013.

GP and noted comedian and commentator, Dr Phil Hammond hosted the evening, auctioning off an incredible selection of items that included:

  • 2013 Lions training top donated and signed by Matt Stevens
  • A Nigel Owen signed six nations referee shirt
  • Two Royal Festival Hall Tickets
  • A luxury Tuscan Villa sleeping up to 12 which alone raised an amazing £3,500!

Niall's story

Niall, a keen rugby and hockey player, first received his diagnosis in August 2011 after returning from a three week charity trip to Sri Lanka where he worked helping tsunami and flood victims.

After several weeks of GP visits, he was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma. The diagnosis meant that Niall had to give up playing the sports he loved, however, this did not deter the young 17 year old and he continued his involvement in rugby as an assistant coach for Wells Cathedral School's first team.

CLIC Sargent was there from the moment of Niall’s diagnosis, providing his family with emotional, practical and financial support.

Graeme, Niall’s Dad said: “CLIC Sargent has, and continues to provide an invaluable support to our family. Our CLIC Sargent Nurses Alison and Sally have been a lifeline to us during this difficult time. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them and they are very much part of the family.

“We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this event a success and we are absolutely delighted with the total raised!"

The family’s fundraising efforts haven’t stopped there. On 21 September, Niall’s older brother, Callum also completed the 12 mile long obstacle course, 'Tough Mudder' to raise over £1,000 for CLIC Sargent."

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Kiren Fernandes said: “I would like to thank the Mellis family for their amazing fundraising efforts. The money they have raised could help pay for a CLIC Sargent Nurse for 12 weeks.

"Our CLIC Sargent Nurses coordinate clinical and non-clinical care for young people just like Niall to maximise the amount of time they can safely spend at home, and ensure that treatments can be given closer to home where possible.”

Find out more

To find out how you and your school can help raise funds for CLIC Sargent, please contact Kiren Fernandes on 0117 311 2620 or email:

Visit our Remember Me funds page for more information on fundraising in the memory of a loved one.