Friday 5 July 2013 

Matilda walks from Lords to Edgbaston to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia

Walkers welcomed at Edgbaston
 

Matilda Elwell, wife of the late Neil Elwell has walked 150 miles from Lords Cricket Ground to Edgbaston Stadium this week, finishing here at Edgbaston Stadium this afternoon, to help raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia.

Neil had always been a keen sportsman and loved the outdoors. He was both a keen cricketer (playing for the local team in Wombourne from his teens) and a keen fisherman and this is where the idea for the walk came from. Matilda’s dad came up with the idea to take the Grand Union Canal most of the way between the two cricket grounds decided that the best time to complete this was in the run up to the anniversary of Neil's death from the 1st-5th July.

In total, there will be 7 people taking part in the whole walk. This includes Matilda and her dad, Neil's brother Andrew, Neil's best friend Drew and 3 other friends of Neil's whom he met at Wombourne Cricket Club.

Matilda said “Neil was first diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in December 2007 and following chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant it appeared that he had successfully beaten the disease. Unfortunately, 3 days before our wedding in February 2010 we discovered that the leukaemia was back and a further course of treatment and bone marrow transplant followed.

In January 2012 Neil became ill again with complications following the treatment to cure the leukaemia and, despite remaining amazingly positive and high spirited throughout his ordeal, his body was too weak to fight and he sadly lost his battle on the 6 July.

The majority of Neil’s treatment, including both bone marrow transplants took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Throughout the treatment, the care and support that Neil received was second to none. We always talked about the fact that once Neil was better we would like to do something to give a little back to the cause that had helped us to get through so much. Unfortunately, that is now not something that we will be able to do together but with the help of both of our family and friends, I am hoping that we can still do something to help this special cause.

Cure Leukaemia is a cause that is particularly close to our hearts as it directly supports the work of the Clinical Haematology Centre at the QE Hospital where Neil was treated. They are continually striving to raise money to fund additional research nurses, develop new treatments and provide support for patients like Neil with blood cancers.”

Matilda has also organised a memorial cricket match & charity auction at Wombourne Cricket Club on Sunday 7th July with some fantastic prizes, including 4 tickets to Newmarket races, a visit to see Frankel at his stables and a set of Frankel silks signed by Sir Henry Cecil & Tom Queally. 

Find out more about how you can bid on this fantastic, once in a lifetime prize, go to Matilda's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Walking4edger

If you would like to sponsor Matilda and the team to show your support for their fantastic effort go to http://www.justgiving.com/neilelwell

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