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Coldplay guitar sold in Lily Partridge memorial auction

Lily Partridge Image copyright Irving of Exeter
Image caption Lily Partridge had played for Exonian Ladies for about 18 months

An electric guitar signed by Coldplay sold for £5,000 at a charity auction in memory of a rugby player who was fatally injured during a match.

Lily Partridge, 22, collapsed at the side of the pitch after getting hurt during a tackle in December.

Lead singer Chris Martin, who knew the family, donated the instrument along with some signed drumsticks and records.

The auction, held in Topsham, Devon, on Saturday, raised more than £20,000.

'Still buzzing'

A memorial game between Ms Partridge's Exonian Ladies club and Newton Abbot Ladies also took place and was the first game the side had played since her death.

Lily's parents, Jeff and Liz Partridge, said: "The whole day and evening was beyond our wildest dreams and we are still buzzing.

Image caption Lily Partridge, 22, collapsed at the side of the pitch after getting hurt during a tackle in December

"We just want to thank everybody who was involved and the girls from both teams, its sums up the atmosphere and camaraderie of the club.

"We cannot thank everyone enough for what they have done in Lily's memory."

Image caption Exonian Ladies posed for a team photograph before the memorial match started in Topsham

It was revealed at her funeral at Exeter Cathedral that Ms Partridge saved the lives of at least four people as she was an organ donor.

The money raised from the auction will be donated to the Devon Air Ambulance, Exeter Intensive Care Unit and Shaldon Zoo, where she worked.

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