The Geoff Thomas Foundation, which is working with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, has been announced as this year’s Charity Partner for the prestigious 2011 ‘Soccerex European Forum’.
In 2003, shortly after retiring from a successful football career, in which he captained Crystal Palace to the final of the FA Cup and won nine caps for England, Geoff Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia. He was lucky - his life was saved by a stem cell transplant from his sister.
Geoff was inspired by the bravery of patients around him, many who did not survive and he is now working with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to get lifesaving new treatments to blood cancer patients more quickly.
David Wright, Marketing Director at Soccerex said: "We are delighted to be able to help such a worthy charity. Geoff’s struggle is both harrowing and inspiring, and the work the charity does is invaluable. Hopefully we can help to raise awareness for them within the football industry."
The Soccerex European Forum is a two-day event and takes place in Manchester from 30-31 March. which is returning to Manchester for a second year at the Manchester Central and will see the elite of Europe’s football industry come together to debate, network and do business.
Topics which will be discussed include commercial challenges, successful sponsorship, digital media, fan interaction and Eastern Europe’s upcoming tournaments. For further information visit www.soccerex.com/europe.