Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is leading the way in support of Cure Leukaemia as he and the current playing squad today donated their names to our latest fundraising campaign.
Rowett and the Blues squad have joined hundreds of other supporters in donating £20 to have their names included on the design of Cure Leukaemia’s 10th Anniversary running shirt which will be worn by the charity’s runners in the Great Birmingham Run later this year.
The ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign presents an opportunity to those who can’t run the 13.1mile half marathon to still be a part of the Great Birmingham Run on October 16th this year by being included in the shirt’s design.
Former Birmingham City player Gary Ablett is one of the regions well known players to have been affected by leukaemia and he sadly passed away in January 2012. Former Captain of local rivals Aston Villa, Stiliyan Petrov is one of the most recent footballers to have overcome leukaemia and Blues have supported Cure Leukaemia in recent years, predominantly through the Club Legends Cup football tournament that saw legends of St Andrews playing at the LG Arena to raise funds for the charity – a tournament in which the Blues duly won.
Former England, Crystal Palace and Wolves footballer Geoff Thomas is a Patron of Cure Leukaemia and owes his life to the charity after being treated for chronic myeloid leukaemia in the City in 2003.
Geoff Thomas said:
“This is a really special fundraising idea and I really hope Birmingham City fans get behind the ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign today on its final day to sign up. Not everyone wants to run a half marathon but this is a brilliant way to be a part of the team in October without running 13 miles! I owe my life to Professor Craddock and his team so I know how important the funds raised through the ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign will be to patients battling this terrible disease.”
All funds raised from the ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign will go towards the £3million project to expand the capacity of the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The expansion will double the capacity of the already world renowned Centre allowing more specialist research nurse positions, improved facilities and more patients treated.
To join the Blues squad and ‘Donate Your Name’ plus a £20 donation, go to www.donateyourname.co.uk