Wolves FC Fundraiser Tops £9,000 Mark

12th January 2022


Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Sports Medicine Team have once again used the festive period to raise vital funds for national blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia as they raised over £9,000 through a variety of raffles and auctions.

The return of their successful “12 Days of Christmas” fundraiser saw a number of money-can’t-buy items available to Wolves fans through online auctions and raffles including a signed squad shirt, signed Joao Moutinho boots worn during the recent historic win over Manchester United, and a signed match-worn shirt from the Captain, Connor Coady.

The figure tops the £5,500 raised in 2020 through a similar auction. The team were inspired to support the charity after the club’s former Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with blood cancer in the summer of 2017.

Shortly after Carl was diagnosed, the Wolves fans and staff mobilized in support of their goalkeeper raising over £150,000 for Cure Leukaemia enabling the charity to complete the funding required to expand the internationally renowned Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Four years later, the Wolves Medical department, led by Ollie Leaper, and fans of the gold and black continue to support the charity that announced its nationwide expansion in January 2020. All funds raised from ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ fundraiser will go towards funding specialist research nurses across the UK which form the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP). This network, which is co-ordinated by its Hub based at the CCH in Birmingham, connects blood cancer patients from a catchment area of over 20 million people with potentially lifesaving treatments through pioneering clinical trials.

Talking about the fundraiser, Oliver was delighted with the final amount raised for the charity. 

"We are delighted to have raised such a fantastic amount for Cure Leukaemia from these raffles and auctions. We are so grateful to the players and staff that donated the items and of course the fans for taking part to raise such a fantastic amount!

“Wolves has been closely linked with Cure Leukaemia since Carl Ikeme’s diagnosis and we are proud to keep that association going knowing that the funds go directly to helping save the lives of blood cancer patients across the UK."

Cure Leukaemia Chief Executive James McLaughlin said:

“Our sincere thanks once again go out to the Sports Medicine Team at Wolves, who have once raised the bar with their auctions and raised a significant amount of money for Cure Leukaemia. We are so grateful to the players and staff that donated the items and of course the fans for taking part to raise funds. Wolves has been closely linked with Cure Leukaemia since Carl’s diagnosis and we are proud to keep that association going knowing that the funds go directly to helping save the lives of blood cancer patients across the UK.”

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