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Football legend gives cash injection to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre Appeal

Press Release   •   Aug 07, 2012 15:20 BST

Former England and Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer Steve Bull has raised over £11,000 in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s £4million Cancer Centre Appeal.

Steve visited the hospital last week to present his cheque, alongside cancer patient Jade Baugh from Wolverhampton. They are both supporting the Appeal which aims to provide more space and better surroundings for the 3,000 patients who visit the unit every year.

Thirteen year old Jade has been a patient at the hospital since the age of one and is currently in remission from Langerhans' Cell Histiocytosis. Jade’s mum, Sally Ward, said:

“The staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital are in a different class. They are so lovely, they make you feel better straight away. Dr Morland, Jade’s consultant, has been brilliant since we first met him 12 years ago. He is always reassuring and tells us what is going on. This is why we are helping to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal.”

Steve, a long term supporter of the hospital, raised the money through two golf days and even took part in a celebrity race at Silverstone to raise the money.

Steve said: “Jade’s dad comes along to my golf days and told me about Jade’s illness and experience of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She’s a real fighter. Her story really touched me and my wife Kirsty and we wanted to give something back to the hospital. I’ve worked with them for years but meeting patients and staff really puts things into perspective. It’s a great cause.”

Around 15% of all children with cancer in the UK are treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and 250 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year. But the hospital’s 25-beded cancer ward is always full.

Lucie O’Reilly from the fundraising team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said:

“We are delighted to have Steve and Jade’s support. Jade and her family know that excellent care is given here but we want to make sure we can match this with the surroundings. Providing privacy and room for families to be together and a light bright ward for patients is so important. Steve has been a fantastic support to the hospital over the years and we are so pleased Steve and Jade are backing our Appeal.

“Thanks, in part, to the pioneering work done at the Hospital, 80% of children diagnosed with cancer now survive. But we know we can do more. Please help us by donating today.”

For more details about the Birmingham Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal, visit www.bch.org.uk or call 0121 333 8506.

PHOTO: Images of Jade and Steve with his large cheque is attached.

Please contact Karen Stevens, Communications Manager, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, 0121 333 8521 or Karen.Stevens@bch.nhs.uk for more information.

Notes to editors

  • Langerhans' cell histiocytosis is a rare immune disorder that can be treated by anti-cancer drugs.

Cancer facts and stats

  • Cancer is the most common cause of death in UK children aged between 1 and 15.
  • Every year around 1,700 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Around 250 of these (15%) are treated at BCH.
  • The three most common types of childhood cancer (accounting for 2 in 3 of every case) are leukaemia, brain tumours and lymphoma.
  • For every 100 children diagnosed with cancer almost 80 now survive.
  •  BCH is one of only 2 centres in the UK providing national specialist care for children with retinoblastoma – a  rare form of eye cancer affecting around 40 – 50 children per year in the UK (accounting for 3% of all childhood cancers).
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading centre for cancer care in the UK, and is one of only two specialist centres for eye cancer (Retinoblastoma) nationwide.

Every year, nearly 240,000 sick children from across the UK are treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Many face incredibly difficult circumstances.  Their stories of courage, determination and hope are truly amazing. Our medical and nursing teams provide the best possible treatment and the very highest standards of care, but we want to do so much more for the children who rely on us.

Our charity's arm raises £3m each year to create modern and child-friendly environments; purchase state of the art medical equipment and fund research into the prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses. We cannot do this without your help. By supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital you will be making a real difference to the lives of thousands of children and families, when they need it most. Visit www.bch.org.uk today to find out how you can help.

 

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