Stars boost cancer fund

IPSWICH Town stars who swapped their football boots for cricket pads at a celebrity match have helped to raise £25,000 for charity.

IPSWICH Town stars who swapped their football boots for cricket pads at a celebrity match have helped to raise £25,000 for charity.

David Wright and Alan Lee joined regulars of Lavenham's cricket team to take on famous charity squad the Bunbury All Stars, whose members included former England cricket star Phil Tufnell, world swimming champion Mark Foster, footballer Chris Sutton and Harry Judd, drummer with McFly.

The money from the September celebrity match at Lavenham, near Sudbury, will go to the Laurie Engel Fund, which supports teenagers with cancer.

The fund was set up following the death of cancer sufferer 13-year-old Laurie, of Herefordshire, in 2005.


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Laurie's mother, Hilary Engel, said she was delighted with the money raised at the cricket match. “It was a terrific day and we were thrilled by the support we received in Lavenham,” she said.

“Laurie loved his sport and loved life, and we know he would be very proud of everything that has been achieved in his name.”

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The Laurie Engel fund is working with the Teenage Cancer Trust at Birmingham Children's Hospital to help improve facilities for teenagers and their families suffering from the devastating effects of cancer.

Planning permission has just been granted for a new six-bed unit at the hospital, and completion is scheduled for late 2008.

The Laurie Engel Fund has already raised £750,000 of the £2million cost.

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