Bears make their annual visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Cure Leukaemia
Warwickshire players and staff made their way to Queen Elizabeth Hospital this week for their annual visit for Lead Charity Partner, Cure Leukaemia.
Co-founder of Cure Leukaemia Professor Charlie Craddock conducted a tour of the Centre For Clinical Haematology where leukaemia patient Katherine Sinfield talked to the group about her fight against the disease. The group then headed up to the leukaemia ward to meet patients Igor Kolodotschko and Steven Baird. Captain Jim Troughton presented both men with bats signed by the players to spread some festive cheer.
The club raised £25,000 for the charity through its annual Cure Leukaemia Day this year. This was held on September 11th during the England’s Natwest Series ODI against Australia, which despite weather interruptions still raised a magnificent figure for the charity.
There was also a team of runners from Edgbaston, including Director of Cricket Dougie Brown, who took part in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run 2013 joining the 455 members of Team Cure Leukaemia. Over £125,000 was raised for the charity in what was a truly memorable occasion.
Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton, who has supported Cure Leukaemia in his 2013 Benefit Year said: “It’s always great to come and see where and how the money raised by Cure Leukaemia is used. Professor Craddock and his team do such an amazing job to help patients fight this terrible disease and I have been proud to support such a fantastic charity in my Benefit Year.”
Warwickshire Director of Cricket and Cure Leukaemia Patron Dougie Brown said: “This is Cure Leukaemia’s tenth year and it’s staggering how the charity continues to expand. They continue to help so many people battling this dreadful disease and everyone associated with Warwickshire County Cricket Club is very proud of this partnership and the great fundraising efforts that we’ve made since the partnership began in 2005.”
James McLaughlin, the Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia said: “Our partnership with Warwickshire County Cricket Club continues to go from strength to strength. The annual Cure Leukaemia Day at Edgbaston is always a wonderful occasion and we are so proud to have been supported by Jim Troughton in our tenth anniversary year. The money raised is so important to us and on behalf of all the patients I’d like to say a huge thank you for all your efforts.”