14 January 2021
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ medical department have once again used the festive period to raise vital funds for national blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.
This time, medical staff from the Premier League outfit have raised over £5,500 through a series of memorabilia auctions and raffles in the lead up to Christmas.
Their ’12 Days of Christmas’ fundraiser saw a host of money-can’t-buy items available to Wolves fans through online raffles and auctions setup by Cure Leukaemia - including signed match-worn Rui Patricio goalkeeper gloves, an Adama Traore (pictured) signed shirt and signed boots from star Mexican striker Raul Jimenez.
Their efforts follow the £11,045 they raised in December 2019 when three members of the team ran 10km every day during the busy festive football programme.
Their inspiration to support the charity comes from the club’s former goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who 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 more than £150,000 for Cure Leukaemia.
It enabled the charity to complete the funding required to expand the Clinical Haematology (CCH) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Three years later, the Wolves medical department, led by Danny Fishwick, and fans of the club continue to support the charity.
All funds raised from the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ initiative will go towards funding specialist research nurses across the UK which form the national Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP).
Danny Fishwick, who led the fundraising, said: “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 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.”