TIME is running out for football fans to stake a claim to win fantastic prizes from Newcastle United – and support a North-East charity at the same time.

The Magpies came forward with a generous offer of support after heartless thieves caused £15,000 of damage to fuel tanks on vehicles belonging to the North East Autism Society.

Five vehicles – a mix of cars and minibuses used by autistic children and young people for off-site educational activities – were ruined by the fuel thieves at the charity’s Emmsworth site in Sunderland.

When Newcastle United officials heard about the “devastating” attack, they donated raffle prizes to help rebuild the charity’s fleet of vehicles.

First prize is the chance to be a mascot, including four match tickets, at the pre-season friendly against St Etienne at St James’ Park on August 3. Second prize is two corporate box seats, with five chances to win. Third prize is a framed signed shirt.

The draw will be held on Monday, July 29 and tickets are £5 each or £20 for five.

The society’s chief executive John Phillipson said: “This heartless vandalism had a devastating impact and we are so grateful to Newcastle United. The clock is ticking before the big draw and, not only do you stand a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, you’ll also be making sure autistic youngsters don’t miss out on invaluable educational opportunities.”

To buy tickets, go to: https://www.ne-as.org.uk/shop/nufc-raffle