One of Solihull’s biggest community football clubs, Glades FC, is hosting a fundraising 5-a-side tournament on Saturday May 6th to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia. The event has been sponsored by property investment firm Sadler & Partridge, a company part owned by former Birmingham City, Walsall and current Shrewsbury Town footballer Mat Sadler, and organised by Glades Chairman & Blues fan Paul Donlon.
Paul is the uncle of 12-year-old, Aston Villa fan Harrison (Harry) Price who is currently battling Philadelphia positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and was keen to do what he could to support Harry. Paul’s brother-in-law Jason Green raised over £4,000 for Cure Leukaemia when he took part in a sponsored bike ride in February and many others in the Solihull community have rallied around in support of Harry and his family.
The sell out competition has already raised £2,000 for the charity which will see 24 teams taking part from 2pm and with plenty of fun activities on offer at the club families are being encouraged to come down and show their support. At 7.30pm there will be an auction and raffle draw to raise further funds for Cure Leukaemia with some fantastic items on offer including a signed Birmingham City shirt and Tony Bellew signed gloves.
Paul, an IT hardware specialist said:
“We are absolutely thrilled at the response to this tournament so far and hugely appreciative to Sadler & Partridge for sponsoring and helping to source such fantastic auction items, and the other companies that have sponsored and donated items. We are all so proud of Harry and how he is taking on his battle with leukaemia with such positivity and we all want to do what we can to support him and his family. Unfortunately Harry is an Aston Villa fan but rivalries are being put firmly to one side to make sure we raise as many funds as possible for a fantastic charity.”
Harry, who was able to watch Aston Villa beat Birmingham City in recent Championship clash said: “the support I have had from friends and family since I was diagnosed has been amazing and it really does help when you know there are so many people out there behind you. I hope the event is a big success and lots of people come down to support the players because it’s raising funds for a great charity.”
Paul continued: “We have had players that have been affected by leukaemia within the club and most people know someone that has been affected directly or indirectly. The amount of good wishes and offers of help from both within the club and the wider community have been amazing and it really confirms how kind-hearted people can be.”
From 4.30pm there will be a bouncy castle, football speed cage and lots of stalls to keep the kids entertained. Other auction items of offer include; a Scotland football shirt signed by the whole squad, signed gloves from Birmingham’s first world boxing champion Kal Yafai, a WCCC shirt signed by the squad and a host of non-sporting prizes too. The bar will be open all day and raffle tickets will be available to buy throughout.
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017