We are very willing to help any good cause in the name of charity, especially when it includes people from Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – on his bike
And Alan Pardew and three Newcastle players will aid tomorrow in a drive for Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last March.
They will help raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by cycling from St. James’ Park tomorrow – details in the attached.
This is the press release from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, a charity organization that receives no government funding and relies entirely on voluntary support:
MAGPIES PLAYERS AND MANAGER SUPPORT CYCLE CHALLENGE IN SUPPORT OF PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALLER AND LEUKAEMIA PATIENT STILIYAN PETROV
Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew and first team players Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi, will join Aston Villa club masseurs Alex Butler and Andy Smith (Smudger) on the third leg of their cycle challenge Pedal for Petrov in support of popular club captain Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with leukaemia in March. Former England international and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas will also cycle the whole route with them.
Pedal for Petrov will see the two colleagues, and friends of Stiliyan, cycle up to 80 miles a day over five days to raise £250K for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Starting from the footballer’s former club, Celtic, on Tuesday 4 September, and finishing at Aston Villa 5 days later, Pedal for Petrov will have several stops to Premier League football clubs on route including Newcastle United, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC and Everton. 33-year-old Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012, has been at the club for six years following his transfer from Celtic in 2006, he has since put his football career on hold for life saving treatment.
Like many at the club Alex and Andy (Smudger) were devastated to hear of Stiliyan’s diagnosis, Alex said: “As masseurs for AVFC, we’ve grown to know and love Stan over the past 5 years and boy has he kept us busy during that time. We miss him in our little bat cave and we, like so many others, want him back as soon as possible.
“Stan has always been there for myself and Smudger and we will always be grateful for everything he has done for us and as a small token of our appreciation we have decided to embark on this epic challenge.”
Jonathan Andrews, Fundraising Director at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research said: “We are inspired by Alex and Andrew taking on this 400 mile Pedal for Petrov challenge. And we are so grateful that they are supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s life saving work. The valuable funds they are raising will help us find better treatments and cures for patients with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
To support Alex and Andrew in their challenge, donate via their JustGiving or text “STAN91 £3” to 70070. The duo aim to raise £250K for the charity.
The stages are as follows:
Tuesday 4 September Leave Celtic Stadium, Glasgow
Wednesday 5 September Leave Newton Saint Boswells
** Thursday 6 September Leave Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle FC
Friday 7 September Leave Hetton, North Yorks
Arrive Anfield, Liverpool FC
Sunday 9 September Leave Manchester Town Hall
Arrive Villa Park, Aston Villa FC
For further information, please contact Ruth Maurice at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Press Office on 020 7269 9019, press mobile 07824 375880, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is dedicated to saving the lives of blood cancer patients through the promotion and assistance of research into causes, diagnosis and treatment. We are committed to advancing the interests of patients and increasing public understanding of blood cancers.
Around 30,000 people of all ages, from children and teenagers to adults are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma in the UK every year.
We receive no government funding and rely entirely on voluntary support. In the next five years we need to raise £120 million to continue our lifesaving work. Further information, including patient information booklets, is available from beatingbloodcancers.org.uk or on 020 7405 0101.
Note: One thing I found out is the difference in spelling of leukemia in the US and leukaemia in England, and I’ve used the latter, since it’s the name of the charity organisation.
See if you can support that charity – to help those people worse off than ourselves – it’s good for the soul – many thanks.