A host of stars from stage and screen including former boxing champion Ricky Hatton and ex-footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock descend on Peterborough today (1 July) to raise money for children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent.
They are taking part in Peterborough vs Cancer, a football tournament that kicks off at 1pm at Yaxley FC’s in2itive Park, where the celebs will play against members of the public, who have all successfully bid online to secure their place.
The stars will be joined by five-year-old Lucas and his brother Ethan, who will be mascots for the day.
Lucas was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was just three-years-old, and is still undergoing treatment.
The family have received vital financial and emotional support from CLIC Sargent Social Worker Amy.
Lucas’ mum Jo said: “Amy would just sit with me and have a cup of tea and a chat, and always asks if we need or want anything. She was so great with listening to my worries and providing advice.
“Amy is such a good support, just to know that I can email or call her whenever and she’ll be there for me is priceless.”
Lucas and Ethan will be joined by Ricky, Neil and other celebs including:
- Ex-footballers Giorgi Kinkladze, Marcus Gayle, Marcus Ebdon, Jason Jarrett, Gaz Seddon, Lee Howarth and Paul Canoville
- Former boxing world champion Anthony Crolla
- Reality TV stars Chantelle Connelly (Geordie Shore), George Gilbey (CBB, Gogglebox) and Paul Manners (Britain’s Got Talent)
- Actors Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Joe-Warren Plant (Emmerdale), Tamer Hassan (Football Factory), Thomas Turgoose (This is England) and Jody Latham (Shameless)
- TV stars Cel Spellman (Radio 1), Colin Maclachlan (SAS: Who Dares Wins) and Paul Danan (Hollyoaks)
Later in the evening, a glitzy gala dinner and charity auction at a local hotel will raise even more money to help CLIC Sargent fight for young lives against cancer.
Celebrity Team Manager Paul Canoville said:
“Having battled cancer three times, I’m always keen to do whatever I can to help raise money for this cause, especially when children are involved."
Event Committee Chair, Raphael Frascogna added: “The match is always lots of fun and this year our target is to raise at least £10,000 for such a worthy charity”.
Emma Taylor, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager said: “Raphael and the team he’s put together have done the most amazing job organising this event, and we are so, so grateful for everybody’s support.
“CLIC Sargent nurses, support workers and our other front-line staff help get young people with cancer and their families through the hardest of times, but without the support of brilliant fundraising events like this, that simply wouldn’t be possible.
“Now, thanks to the support of the Peterborough V Cancer team we’ll be able to help more children and young people than ever.”
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About cancer in children and young people
Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk