WCCC Captain Varun Chopra, Director of Cricket at WCCC Dougie Brown and Katherine Sinfield
Players and coaching staff from Warwickshire County Cricket Club made their annual visit to the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital this week with a donation of £25,000 for the Club’s lead charity partner Cure Leukaemia.
The Bears’ players and coaches met with the doctors, nurses and patients who are supported by Birmingham based charity Cure Leukaemia. The funds were raised from tickets sales for the group stages of the Natwest T20 Blast this year, a competition the Birmingham Bears went on to win at Edgbaston in August.
Warwickshire CCC have now raised more than £150,000 for Cure Leukaemia since 2011, a figure that is worth £1.5million in potentially life-saving drug treatments for leukaemia patients across the Midlands.
Katherine Sinfield, aged 34, from Burton-on-Trent met the players in December 2013 after she had just undergone a stem cell transplant for chronic myeloid leukaemia. Now thankfully in remission Katherine was delighted to meet the players and staff again and she was presented a signed bat at the Centre for Clinical Haematology by Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC Dougie Brown.
Katherine said, “I was in a very different position twelve months ago and thanks to the amazing work of Cure Leukaemia and the support of partners like Warwickshire CCC I am delighted to be in far better health.
It was very emotional to see all the players again and I’d like to thank the Club for raising such a fantastic figure which I know will help people who are in the same position I was last year.”
Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC and Cure Leukaemia Patron Dougie Brown said,
“It was fantastic to see Katherine in such good health one year on from our first meeting in very different circumstances. It highlights the magnificent work being done by Cure Leukaemia, Professor Charlie Craddock and his team and we are honoured to play our part in raising funds to help save more lives in the region.”
Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin said,
“The relationship with Warwickshire County Cricket Club continues to go from strength to strength and we are so grateful for their annual support for the charity. It was great for the players and staff to see Katherine again, she is proof that the money raised for Cure Leukaemia really does help save lives.”
Rikki Clarke and Ian Westwood from Warwickshire CCC will be supporting Cure Leukaemia again in Brindleyplace on Friday December 12th by helping to encourage tenants and the general public to vote for the charity between 11am and 2pm.
The winning charity from the voting process will be Birmingham’s leading business and leisure destination’s chosen charity for the annual Dragonboat Festival over the next two years. The players will be bringing the Natwest T20 trophy with them to engage with Brindleyplace and pose for photos.