19th June, England v South Africa, 09:30 GMT
The iconic Eric Hollies stand at Edgbaston turned red today at the third npower Test Match between England and India in support of Cure Leukaemia, the Warwickshire Bears' partnership charity.
Thousands of England and India fans lent their support to the local Midlands blood cancer charity by wearing Cure Leukaemia red T-shirts, supplied by the charity and designed by 11-year old Lucas Pfister of Baverstock School and Sports College in Kings Heath, to help turn the stand red.
Warwickshire, who have donated £2 from each ticket sold for the third npower Test Match at Edgbaston to the charity, are hoping that the match’s opening day will have pushed fundraising to their £75,000 target.
Warwickshire Director of Cricket, and former England spinner, Ashley Giles, who is a Patron of Cure Leukaemia, said: "I’m proud that my county, Warwickshire, is the first in England to stage a similar charitable initiative to the successful McGrath Foundation Test at Sydney last winter. I hope that the thousands of England and India fans in attendance at Edgbaston in August will get behind this worthy cause, and show support for Cure Leukaemia."
Warwickshire’s efforts have been further boosted by the support of the England team, of which Bears' stars Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are key components. Commenting on the initiative, England skipper Andrew Strauss said: "The fact that Cure Leukaemia is saving lives, and giving hope to so many patients, makes it an invaluable cause that all members of the England team are keen to support through our Test at Edgbaston against India.
"The £75,000 fundraising target is a great initiative from Warwickshire. I hope that the thousands of England and India fans in attendance at Edgbaston, and watching on television around the world, can support this, and make it a truly special occasion for the charity and its staff who deliver these pioneering treatments."