The recent 150 mile walk from Lords Cricket Ground to Edgbaston Stadium and the auction of a fantastic prize has helped Matilda Elwell raise over £20,000 in memory of her late husband Neil.
The racing prize of 4 tickets to Newmarket races, a visit to see Frankel at his stables and a set of Frankel silks signed by Sir Henry Cecil & Tom Queally raised £5000 and Matilda and Neils family and friends are continuing to receive donations in support of their 150 mile walk.
Neil had always been a keen sportsman and loved the outdoors, he was both a keen cricketer (playing for the local team in Wombourne from his teens) and a keen fisherman...and this is where the idea for the walk came from. Matilda’s dad came up with the idea to take the Grand Union Canal most of the way between the two cricket grounds and decided that the best time to complete this was in the run up to the anniversary of Neil's death from the 1st-5th July.
Matilda said, “The majority of Neil’s treatment, including both bone marrow transplants took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Throughout the treatment, the care and support that Neil received was second to none. We always talked about the fact that once Neil was better we would like to do something to give a little back to the cause that had helped us to get through so much. Unfortunately, that is now not something that we will be able to do together but with the help of both of our family and friends, I am hoping that we can still do something to help this special cause.
“Cure Leukaemia is a cause that is particularly close to our hearts as it directly supports the work of the Clinical Haematology Centre at the QE Hospital where Neil was treated. They are continually striving to raise money to fund additional research nurses, develop new treatments and provide support for patients like Neil with blood cancers.”
A huge thank you to Matilda and friends and family of Neil for helping to achieve such a fantastic fundraising amount for Cure Leukaemia.