A YOUNG bone cancer patient has inspired workmates to stage two fund-raising events in a bid to raise £5,000 for a charity.
Colleagues of Ben Murphy at Healthcare at Home (HAH), based in Fifth Avenue, on Centrum 100, will hold a seven-a-side football tournament and music night on Saturday, April 13, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
The charity funds the specialist cancer ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, which has treated Mr Murphy, 24, of Holly Bush Road, Newborough, since he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma last July.
Debbie Shilton, HAH customer services manager, said: “Even though Ben’s battle is not yet over, he is on a campaign to raise awareness of what the TCT does and to help raise as much money as possible for the cause.
“If you worked with him or spent any time with him it is hard not to get infected with his positive outlook and want to help him raise as much money as possible to say ‘thank you’.”
She said the fund-raisers were particualarly important because the ward treating Mr Murphy was one of only 11 in the country and funded entirely by charity donations.
The colleagues-only football tournament will be held at Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College, in Bluestone Lane, Burton.
It will be followed at 7pm by the music event at Tower Brewery, in Wharf Road, Burton.
Four bands will perform and auction and raffle prizes will include an Arsenal shirt signed by Theo Walcott and an overnight stay at St George’s Park.
Tickets cost £7.50 each and are available from Debbie.Shilton@hah.co.uk