CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH – WORLDPAY VS. SOAP STARS!

So, I’m pleased to ‘announce’ that I’m involved in another charity fundraising event to benefit my chosen charity, The Brain Tumour Charity.

Eagle eyed readers may recall that I got my office involved with ‘Bandana Day’ in order to benefit the same charity, which was a resounding success. The Company loved being able to give back, and so my employers, Worldpay, wanted to see if they could help out once again.

Now I’m back, and actually the subject of an official press release – how exciting!

The Press Release is as below, and I’d LOVE to see some familiar faces there, but if you’re unable to make it on the day, I do hope you’d consider sending a pound, or two, through our event’s fundraising page.

(UPDATE – some of the celebs playing are now listed on the fundraising page – photo opportunities after!)

Thanks for your interest in this latest ‘hurrah’ in my Cancer story x

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Worldpay employees raise vital funds for research into brain tumours

On Sunday 10th May staff from Worldpay, Britain’s leading payment processing company, are holding a Celebrities vs. Employees football match at the Manchester Regional Arena, with all proceeds being donated to The Brain Tumour Charity.

Stars taking part include actors from the hit soaps Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

Worldpay were inspired to donate this year’s proceeds to The Brain Tumour Charity by employee Gari Davies, who is currently living with a brain tumour.

Gari saw three different GPs in the days leading up to his diagnosis in April last year, who all said that his crippling headaches were migraines.

Having never had migraines before, Gari was prepared to try various medications. But all the time he suspected something was badly wrong. Gari said: “I just knew it wasn’t a migraine.”

When Gari went to a Boots NHS Walk In Centre a doctor told him that he should go to A&E immediately.

After having a CT and an MRI scan, he found himself in surgery the next morning having an emergency craniotomy.

After radiotherapy Gari had a number of other therapies including speech, occupational and physiotherapy. He still suffers from nausea and currently has an MRI every three months.

For Brain Tumour Awareness Month, Worldpay took part in The Brain Tumour Charity’s Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day on 6 March. After the success of that day, they decided to donate the funds from this year’s charity football match to The Brain Tumour Charity.

Lisa Crawley, Director of Business Support, Worldpay, said:

“Everyone at Worldpay was devastated to learn about Gari’s illness so it’s a cause close to our hearts. Supporting The Brain Tumour Charity is vitally important in helping combat this illness, and improving the quality of life and prognosis for those suffering from brain tumours. We are humbled to help such a fantastic organisation and we hope people will join us to raise money on the day,”

Over 9,300 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year, yet less than 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK.

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours. They fund pioneering research to increase survival, raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provide support for everyone affected to improve quality of life.

Louise Taylor, The Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said:

“We receive no government funding and rely 100% on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Gari and companies like Worldpay that we are able to continue our work.

“Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and the under 40s and survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years. We are leading the way in changing this.”

Kick off is at 12.45pm and tickets are now on sale at £10 per Adult and £5 per child under 14, with under 5’s going free. To purchase your ticket to this exciting event or to find out more, please contact Lisa.Mullin@worldpay.com.

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About Gari

Thirty-Two year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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