Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club are supporting Cure Leukaemia’s Donate Your Name campaign this summer, with playing and coaching staff donating £20 to have their names included in the design of Cure Leukaemia’s 10th Anniversary running shirt.
The shirt which will be worn by the charity’s runners in the Great Birmingham Run later this year, and the campaign presents an opportunity to those who can’t run the 13.1mile half marathon to still be a part of the event.
All funds raised from the campaign will go towards the £3million project to expand the capacity of the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Cure Leukaemia has been WCCC’s lead charity partner since 2011 and the Club has helped raise over £175,000 to date, a figure worth £1.75million in potentially life-saving treatments for blood cancer patients in Birmingham.
Dougie Brown, director of cricket and Cure Leukaemia patron said:
“It is great to think that people who can’t run the Half Marathon later this year can still be a part of Team Cure Leukaemia and I’m sure that will help inspire all the runners on.”
Well known people to have donated their name include: Geoff Thomas, Adrian Chiles and Sam Bailey, as well as WCCC’s Ian Bell or Dougie Brown. Every person who donates will also receive their own personal shirt with their name included.
Playing and coaching staff at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club are also supporting the Donate Your Name campaign. Wolves stars, including captain Danny Batth and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, have donated £20 to have their names included in the design of Cure Leukaemia’s 10th Anniversary running shirt.
Two of the club’s former players, Geoff Thomas and Jody Craddock, have been touched by leukaemia and Wolves have supported Cure Leukaemia in recent years predominantly through the Club Legends Cup football tournament that saw legends of Molineux playing at the LG Arena to raise funds for the charity. Geoff Thomas is a Patron of Cure Leukaemia and was treated for chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003. Jody Craddock’s son Toby was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012 and finished his treatment in 2015.
The deadline to participate in the Donate Your Name campaign is Friday August 12th.
Main picture: Ian Westwood (left) & Jim Troughton (right) with a mock up of the shirt at Edgbaston’s Foundation Ground
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