New Yorkshire skipper, Andrew Gale, took time out from his heavy pre-season training schedule on Monday 8 March to visit staff, volunteers and people affected by cancer at The Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at St. James University Hospital.
Andrew was joined by Yorkshire team-mates Joe Sayers and Steve Patterson as they toured the centre and launched Macmillan Cancer Support’s status as an Official Charitable Partner of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
The players visited counselling and therapy rooms, group session areas and the wig / beauty services provided by Macmillan at the centre for those whose lives are affected by cancer. They were tempted by the offer of an Indian head massage before they moved on to chat to staff and volunteers about the tremendous work carried out at the centre.
A few young people were unable to get to the centre, unwell because of the treatment they were receiving, so the players took time to visit them instead. Meeting the people affected by cancer, their families and being able to listen to their stories really did bring home what a vital role Macmillan can play in people’s lives.
Andrew Gale, said: “Everyone at the Club views this as an exciting new partnership and wants to raise the profile and fundraising power of Macmillan Cancer Support as much as we can during the 2010 season. It is an excellent charity and one that plays a massive role in Yorkshire. Like many people my family has been affected by cancer and I hope the Club’s involvement this year will encourage a few of our supporters to find out a bit more about Macmillan, volunteer or make a donation.”
Jamie Strachan, Fundraising Manager at MacMillan, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Macmillan have secured the charity partnership with Yorkshire for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Macmillan’s key aim is to reach everyone living with or affected by cancer by the end of 2010, and the awareness that working with Yorkshire will create for us, throughout the UK is massive. I know many of the players lives have been touched by cancer and I greatly appreciate their backing and support of the partnership. From the word go, Yorkshire CCC have been very enthusiastic and keen to work with us on this partnership and I am overwhelmed (or you could say bowled-over!) by the way they have embraced Macmillan. I am greatly looking forward to the development of this partnership and I think our aim to raise £10,000 this year through Yorkshire can be smashed for 6!”
Macmillan will be the Club’s guests at a number of matches in 2010 and the Club will support them as much as possible during the year. If you get a chance to lend your support too it would help enormously.
For more information of Macmillan Cancer Support please visit www.macmillan.org.uk.