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Sexton's 'Le Drop' boots sold for €15,500 to help sick schoolgirl Anna (8)

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Stefanie Thomas from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House with the boots Johnny Sexton wore for his drop-kick winner against France

Stefanie Thomas from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House with the boots Johnny Sexton wore for his drop-kick winner against France

Stefanie Thomas from Sheppard’s Irish Auction House with the boots Johnny Sexton wore for his drop-kick winner against France

Saving the day has been a habit for Johnny Sexton during his rugby career, and last night the boots from one of his most famous kicks went up for auction to help a sick schoolgirl receive treatment.

The Ireland star's boots from the famous drop-kick winner in France last year went under the hammer in Laois last night and sold for €15,500.

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Anna Browne (8), from Mallow, Co Cork, has been living with cerebral palsy and needs specialised treatment.

She was only diagnosed with diplegia cerebral palsy last year.

The condition severely inhibits movement in her lower limbs.

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Johnny Sexton's drop goal against France

Johnny Sexton's drop goal against France

Johnny Sexton's drop goal against France

Anna has to wear support splints for 10 hours each day and is put into night-time casts.

She has to use crutches and takes a wheelchair for longer journeys.

Phillip Sheppard, of Sheppard's Irish Auction House, said it had received interest from across the world.

Speaking to the Herald last night, Anna's mum Evelyn said the entire campaign had raised €25,000 after a mystery donor offered €10,000 but did not take the boots in the end. "It's unreal," she said.

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Anna Browne

Anna Browne

Anna Browne

Columnist Billy Keane had got Sexton to auction the boots after he had done written an article about Anna last April.

Recovery

Within a week, he told Evelyn there was an offer of €10,000 on the table.

"She wanted to give the €10,000, stay anonymous but still allow them to go for auction," she said.

"If the boots were offered for more than €10,000 then we could keep her €10,000 and take whatever, and if it didn't she could keep the boots - so we got that woman's €10,000 in May."

Following an operation in the US, Anna must undergo intense physiotherapy in her recovery, with Evelyn saying the money raised has helped hugely.


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