Ashley Giles and several members of his Warwickshire team visited patients receiving pioneering leukaemia treatments as part of the club’s plans to raise £75,000 for blood cancer charity, Cure Leukaemia.
Players including Warwickshire’s captain – Jim Troughton – took a tour of Cure Leukaemia’s headquarters at the Centre for Haematology, University Hospital Birmingham, where the charity delivers potentially lifesaving treatments to patients that they wouldn’t normally receive through the NHS.
The Bears are building on a long-standing partnership with Cure Leukaemia, by renaming its world-renowned Eric Hollies Stand as the Cure Leukaemia Stand for day one (August 10) of the third npower Test Match between England and the new one-day world champions India at Edgbaston. Additionally, the club will donate £2 from every ticket sold across all five days of the Test to the charity.
Giles, director of cricket at Warwickshire CCC and patron of Cure Leukaemia, said: “It’s fantastic to be involved in a partnership that will actually save the lives of patients suffering with leukaemia, by funding more pioneering drugs that they wouldn’t normally receive through the NHS.
“I’m proud that my county, Warwickshire, is the first in England to stage a similar charitable initiative to the successful McGrath Foundation Test at Sydney in the Ashes last winter. I hope that the thousands of England and India fans in attendance at Edgbaston in August will get behind this worthy cause.”