All playing and coaching staff at Warwickshire County Cricket Club are supporting Cure Leukaemia’s ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign this summer. The Bears have all donated £20 to have their names included in 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.
Cure Leukaemia’s ‘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.
Fans attending Friday’s NatWest T20 Blast match between Birmingham Bears and Notts Outlaws at Edgbaston will be encouraged to donate their names either online at www.donateyourname.co.uk or by sending their details to Cure Leukaemia by filling in leaflets available from volunteers around the ground.
Cure Leukaemia has been WCCC’s lead charity partner since 2011 and the Club has helped raise over £175,000 to date, a figure worth £1.75million in potentially life-saving treatments for blood cancer patients in Birmingham. The ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign and annual Cure Leukaemia day on the first day of the 3rd Investec Test Match between England and Pakistan on August 3rd will ensure even more vital funds are raised for the blood cancer charity.
Director of Cricket and Cure Leukaemia Patron Dougie Brown said: “This is a brilliant campaign and one we are all very proud to be a part of. It is great to think that people who can’t run the Half Marathon later this year can still be a part of Team Cure Leukaemia and I’m sure that will help inspire all the runners on. I hope all our supporters consider donating their names to Cure Leukaemia and I look forward to trying on the shirt later this year!”
Cure Leukaemia’s Head of Corporate Partnerships Jackie Kelly said: “We are so grateful to Warwickshire CCC for supporting our ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign so enthusiastically. Many have already donated their names and now people may find their name next to Ian Bell or Dougie Brown on the shirt! Time is running out before the shirt must be produced so I would urge people to donate their name today to avoid missing out!”
All funds raised from the 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.