An uncle whose four-year-old nephew is undergoing treatment for leukaemia is hosting a unique squash tournament at the National Squash Centre, Manchester, on 27 August to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Leukaemia Care – two charities incredibly close to his heart.
Nigel Deekes, from Sutton Coldfield, set about organising the charity tournament after his nephew, Miller, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in January this year.
Nigel says: “Miller is a fabulous lad and it saddens me that children like him are still being diagnosed with blood cancer. There are staggering improvements in the prognosis of children with leukaemia but there is still a long way to go. That’s why this tournament, and raising money for outstanding charities like Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Leukaemia Care, is vital.”
The squash tournament will feature some of the world’s top ranked squash players, including World Champion and former World Number One, Nick Matthew.
Nigel says: “I’ve been a keen squash player all my life, and still regularly play now. The generosity of Nick Matthew and England Squash & Racketball in supporting our match is fabulous, and I’m delighted to have him join me in raising money for two extremely worthwhile causes. My thanks must go to him and the team for helping to make this happen.”
Nick Matthew says: “Miller is adorable and I hope we can do him justice by raising plenty of money in the exhibition match. It's always a great challenge for amateur players when they get a chance against top pros, so I'm looking forward to Nigel and his team getting stuck in!”
Nick Matthew has kindly organised for Miller and his uncle to attend the biggest ever PSA Men’s World Squash Championship in Manchester happening 26 October to 3rd November. The event is set to sell out and Nick wanted to ensure Miller would definitely have seats.
Emma Jones, Regional Fundraising Manager (Midlands) for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “We are constantly inspired by the stories of those fundraising for us and the dedication of our supporters like Nigel. This tournament sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic event and we wish him all the best with it. Every penny raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer – stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better.”
Leukaemia CARE’s Fundraising Team Leader, Helen Whatmore, comments: “Fundraisers are a integral part of our work, and we are in awe of what they have achieved for Leukaemia CARE. We are so pleased that Nigel and Nick have decided to fundraise in aid of Leukaemia CARE, so we can continue to support anyone affected by a diagnosis of a blood or lymphatic cancer. We are looking forward to the event being a great success!”
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