Bears 'Sign for Stan' Video
See the video live of the Bears visit to Villa Park earlier this week to ‘Sign for Stan’
Warwickshire Director of Cricket Ashley Giles and Assistant Coach Dougie Brown - both Cure Leukaemia patrons - along with Ian Bell, Chris Woakes (who are both Villa fans) and Jonathan Trott joined Villa midfielder Barry Bannan and club legend Ian Taylor to be the first to sign the Support Stan Wall, where fans can show their support for Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, currently battling acute leukaemia.
The wall will then be open to the public at the Villa Academy building at Villa Park, to be signed before and after Sunday’s home game, when fans can also sign up for the Cure Leukaemia ‘Run For A Nurse’ in Sutton Park on Sunday May 27.
The 5k family fun run, which is supported by BBC WM’s Red Alert Appeal, aims to raise enough money to help fund a new specialist nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Ian Bell said: “As a Villa fan I want to see as many people as possible signing the wall and enrolling for the BBC WM Red Alert Run For A Nurse on May 27; we want to raise as much money as possible for the world class work at Cure Leukaemia right here in Birmingham and across the Midlands.”
The money raised by BBC WM’s Red Alert Appeal will help pay for nurses to carry out lifesaving clinical trials for blood cancer patients with drugs not readily available on the NHS.
The pioneering treatments administered by Cure Leukaemia, which is based at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, can offer a lifeline for leukaemia patients, who have explored all other options, and ultimately can save lives.
Cure Leukaemia Chief Executive James McLaughlin said: “I know how supportive all Villa fans have been since Stiliyan was diagnosed with leukaemia; the 5k family fun run is another great chance for them to get involved. It’d be great to see as many of them as possible in their colours on May 27 to join us and Stan in finding a cure for leukaemia."