Crystal Palace fans still have the chance to donate their names to be included in the design of a special shirt to raise funds to support former captain Geoff Thomas and his fundraising for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia after completing all 3 Grand cycling Tours earlier this year.
To commemorate this remarkable achievement, Cure Leukaemia are offering fans the chance to have their names included in a special running vest and, with the spaces on the shirt limited to 1000 names, the fans will need to be quick to make sure they are a part of this innovative idea.
To ‘Donate Your Name’ to support Geoff go to www.donateyourname.co.uk and for just £20 you will have your chosen name included in the design and you will receive your own shirt once all of the names have been collated.
A number of staff, players and former players from the club have their names on the shirt including Chairman Steve Parish, Manager Roy Hodgson, Jason Puncheon, former striker Mark Bright, England women’s cricket captain Heather Knight, Geoff Thomas himself and co-owner Steve Browett.
The Palace family has already backed Geoff and his ‘3 Tours Challenge’ team massively this year with Farr Vintners through Steve Browett, the club through Steve Parish and the Palace for life Foundation all giving sponsorship and support to ensure their epic fundraising challenge could go ahead.
In September, Geoff and the team were honoured at the home game against Southampton and received a fantastic ovation from the Palace faithful at half time.
All funds raised from this shirt will go to Cure Leukaemia and the ‘3 Tours Challenge’ fundraising total.
A message from Geoff:
I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) in 2003 soon after I finished my professional football career and I was given just three months to live. Thanks to Cure Leukaemia co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock CBE, a bone marrow transplant from my sister and the phenomenal clinical team Cure Leukaemia supports at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, I was able to win my battle with this disease in 2005.
I have dedicated my life to raising funds to fight blood cancer ever since and on September 9th myself, Doug McKinnon, James Maltin and Hayden Groves completed the toughest challenge amateur cyclists can take on. This year we rode the Giro D’Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta consecutively, something only 39 professionals have ever taken on.
This challenge simply would not have happened without the sponsorship of Farr Vintners, through Steve Browett, Crystal Palace Football Club through Steve Parish and the Palace For Life Foundation. The Crystal Palace family has been a rock for me ever since I was diagnosed and this tremendous football club continues to help me find that extra energy to complete these challenges.
To raise further funds towards the challenge and for the Cure Leukaemia we are producing a special shirt which will feature your names in the design. It costs £20 to ‘Donate Your Name’ and it can be done in minutes by going to www.donateyourname.co.uk and filling in the form. The shirt is limited to 1000 names so don’t delay and of course, those who donate will receive a shirt as well. Everything is explained in the T’s & C’s which can be read HERE.
Thank you all so much,
Once all of the name spaces have been filled, Cure Leukaemia will start the design and production process to ensure all names are spelt correctly and included before they are sent out to everyone who has kindly donated. All funds will go towards the charity’s £1m appeal to fund the expansion of the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital – the hospital Geoff was treated at 14 years ago.
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It is £20 to 'Donate Your Name' and 100% of the donation will go to Cure Leukaemia. (UK tax payers are encouraged to claim gift aid on their donation to ensure the charity receives an additional 25%). Each person who donates will receive their very own commemorative shirt.
If your donation has been successful you will be taken to a confirmation page and an email will be sent to your preferred address. If you have any issues making your donation please call 0121 236 9202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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