Lucas Pfister, an eleven year old from Baverstock School and Sports College in Kings Heath, has won the Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Cure Leukaemia Midlands schools T-shirt design competition. Lucas will see his design worn on thousands of red t-shirts on the first day of the Third npower Test Match between England and India, as they are given out to fans in the iconic Eric Hollies stand for Cure Leukaemia Day on 10th August.
Lucas is also the lucky winner of a Warwickshire Lifetime International Ticket and his school is being rewarded with 20 of these much sought after tickets. Second place went to eleven year old Holly Heaton, from Brookhurst Primary School in Leamington Spa, who wins Grizzles membership until the age of 16, a family day ticket for the Cure Leukaemia Day on 10th August and a further 20 tickets for the day for her school.
Having staged activity for the charity since 2005, this year the Bears aim to raise £75,000 for Cure Leukaemia by donating £2 from every ticket sold for the Third npower Test Match. The Cure Leukaemia Day will see supporters and volunteers adopting the charity’s colour red, with collection buckets and mobile phone competitions to help raise money on the day. The Eric Hollies stand will be renamed the Cure Leukaemia Stand for the day, and all spectators in this stand will receive the red t-shirt designed by Lucas to wear in honour of the charity.
Ashley Giles, Patron of Cure Leukaemia and Director of Cricket at Warwickshire said: "Cure Leukaemia Day is going to be a tremendous day for the charity - a unique opportunity to dramatically increase awareness of this disease and the pioneering work done at the Leukaemia Centre here in Birmingham to find a cure, which is funded by the charity.
"We hope England and Warwickshire fans in the Cure Leukaemia Stand will get behind us, don their T-shirts with Lucas' brilliant design, and help spread the message that with more money, we could get closer and closer to a cure for leukaemia."
Cure Leukaemia, based at the Centre for Clinical Haematology (also known as The Leukaemia Centre), at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, undertakes world-class research into cures for the disease and employs 15 research nurses to administer treatments at hospitals across the Midlands. The £75,000 would enable the charity to employ a further three research nurses, allowing it to treat and potentially save the lives of more leukaemia sufferers.