Posted By : Ms Kerri Reynolds
I hope this email finds you well given the challenging times we are finding our selves.
I am writing to you about my son, Jude Hawkridge, who plays for Rawmarsh St Joseph’s. His current age group is under 9’s, however last February Jude was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. We have had a challenging 12 months and have had progressively challenging treatment to try and fight this awful disease.
In November Jude underwent a bone marrow transplant and his sister Lily was his donor. He is currently recovering from this treatment and in the last month come home from hospital. Jude has spent 104 days in hospital in the last year.
He has undergone the majority of his treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and we have been busy fundraising. The hospital charity are fundraising to renovate the children cancer & blood disorder ward and provide the best environment they can whilst children and parents are in for treatment, for often very long periods of time.
We have already raised over £45,000 through lots of activity in the last 12 months and generous support from family, friends, Judes school and the wider community.
Our first fundraiser of this year is to undertake a 5k virtual challenge on Easter weekend. We thought this would be a perfect event to do in these conditions and also promote a healthy lifestyle which again is important through the pandemic. The cost to register is £10 per entry and everyone will receive a certificate. We also have some #TeamJude medals for the first 150 to register but we have already passed our expectations here. We have so far raised over £2,500 from registrations and a further £1,500 from workplace match funding.
Given the sporting nature of this event, I was hoping this might be something you could help either sponsor or promote across the league, in particular Jude’s age group. Receiving a diagnosis like Judes is every parents nightmare, and I am sure there will be families in the league that not only would want to support Judes fight, but also help ensure our local children’s cancer ward has world class facilities.
I have also attached a few pics of Jude and some of the fundraising we have undertaken. Jude is a popular boy at school, loves football and has friends that play in many of the teams in the league in addition to Rawmarsh (Wickersley, Millmoor juniors & many more. One of the highlights was in November when he was a virtual mascot for Leeds and he has made a good connection now with Liam Cooper who has been an amazing support. We have also had friends complete runs, 1000 goal penalty shoot out and parents and teachers jumping out of plane’s to name just a few.
I appreciate you will have policies on who and how you support charities and the league is very big, but anything you could do would be hugely appreciated.
I have attached the link to our fundraiser.
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