Plums players and staff to raise cash for Lily-Mae - The Evesham Observer

Plums players and staff to raise cash for Lily-Mae

Evesham Editorial 7th Mar, 2020   0

THE old adage of no pain, no gain will resonate for a trio of Pershore Town players who will be joining the fund-raising for a girl fighting leukaemia.

The club has already showed its support for eight-year-old Lily May Filmer, having held a swab drive at the ground last Sunday to try to find a stem cell transplant match.

And on Saturday players Sam Clark, Dan Nokes and Jake Cavens will line up for the Plums in their home game against AFC Bridgnorth and then undergo a leg waxing.

Chairman Paul Loader and club officials Ade Horton and Kev Joines will also undergo the painful process to boost the funds.

Manager Stewart Watkins said: “We all love our football but Lily May’s situation put everything into perspective.

“We’re proud to be part of the community and we want to do everything we can to help Lily May.

“The swab drive was a success, attracting lots of people, and the players wanted to do their bit as well.”

Lily May, who lives in the town and is currently in hospital in Birmingham, had been diagnosed with leukaemia three years ago and appeared to have beaten the disease but it returned at Christmas time.

More than 110 people signed up to the donor list after last week’s event to try to find a match.

Blood cancer charity DKMS keeps a register of blood stem cell donors to provide lifesaving treatment for patients with a blood cancer or blood disorder.

More than eight million potential donors are registered within DKMS and have given more than 69,000 second chances of life to people diagnosed with blood cancer. Anyone from the age of 18 to 55 and in general good health can register and give a simple swab sample.

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