A fund raising event held at City of Liverpool’s home game against Silsden recently has raised over £300 for a cancer charity.
The event was staged in aid of DKMS, a charity launched in the UK in 2013 to register lifesaving blood stem cell donors to assist sufferers of blood cancer, and was the brainchild of the City of Liverpool Assistant Manager Tom Spearritt.
One of Tom’s work colleagues is a friend of the mother of a seven month old boy called Jem who has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia, and she asked Tom if there was any way he could use his football connections to help support the charity, and raise awareness of the work they do.
Tom explained: “She approached me explaining the situation with her friend’s little boy and I immediately thought of COLFC and all the community work they do. I contacted Paul Manning, the Club Chairman, and asked if the club would support the cause. Straight away Paul was on board”.
Gary Johansen, City of Liverpool Executive Director, contacted the charity and arrangements were made for representatives of the charity to come down to the game against Silsden.
“I liaised with Lisa Nugent, who is the Head of Donor Recruitment for DKMS – Delete Blood Cancer, and we arranged for Lisa and a group of fundraising volunteers to attend our home match v Silsden on 18th February”, said Gary.
“The idea was that they could hold a Registration Event for potential stem cell donors, as well as fundraise for Jem and the charity in general.
“Not only did many fans and staff of the club register as donors, but they also registered players from both City of Liverpool and Silsden too, which was fantastic”.
Lisa Nugent from DKMS was delighted with the response they received on the day.
“The fixture against Silsden truly was a great event for DKMS”, she said.
“Without exception, everyone made us feel so welcome and the level of support that we received was incredible – we registered 42 potential life savers and raised £313.68.
“I’ve told many people here how emotional I felt at the young man who was unable to register on health grounds but still put his hand in his pocket and donated £20. That gesture to me was reflective of the warmth and community spirit that emanated throughout the club house and ground.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work on this event and I sincerely hope that we have the opportunity to work together again in the future. In the meantime, I wish everyone at City of Liverpool FC the best of luck for the remainder of the season”.