STALYBRIDGE-BASED Cancer Warriors have scored financially thanks to Manchester City Football Club.
The cancer charity, which is based on Melbourne Street, could receive as much as £4,000 thanks to the efforts of the Premier League champions.“We are still waiting for the final figure, but we know a bucket collection before the Sheffield United game on December 29 raised more than £3,000 which is enough to keep us going for eight months,” explained delighted founder and chairman Derrick Evans.
City have also promised £1 for every scarf sale on that matchday while they have also given Cancer Warriors signed shirts to help with their fundraising.
The link came about through City in the Community which was looking to hear from inspirational people.
Derrick, 43, who has beaten cancer three times and is still receiving treatment at The Christie, was nominated by his friend Malcolm Wallington.
He was invited to City on the pretext of attending a dinner for City’s walking football team, which Malcolm plays for.
When he arrived he was called out by name and suddenly found himself with City star David Silva and former player Micah Richards along with the rest of the Cancer Warriors’ volunteers who were in on the secret.
Derrick said: “It was the best Christmas present I could wish for.
“Micah is one of my biggest heroes and David one of my favourite players.
“When they appeared, I went into meltdown and began crying. I nearly didn’t go as I had been unwell in the morning.”
Derrick was handed six tickets for the Sheffield United game six days later and learned Warriors were able to have a bucket collection outside the ground and money from scarf sales.”
During the half-time interval at the game, Derrick was invited pitchside to be interviewed to speak about Cancer Warriors and the work they do supporting people battling the disease.
“It was awesome with 55,000 fans cheering me, something I will never forget,” he said.
Derrick added the initial visit on December 23 was poignant as it was the anniversary of the death of his grandfather Brian Evans who was a big City fan.
“We were due to visit his grave at Droylsden Cemetery on the way to the game but didn’t have the time,” he said.
• Warriors, thanks to a £3,000 grant from Tesco, are to stage several prostate cancer roadshows.
The first is at Stalybridge Celtic Juniors’ home on Mossley Road on Saturday, February 29 when free testing will take place.
Watch Derrick’s big day at City on the following link twitter.com/ManCity/status/1209535227808358400?s=19