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Incredible support for Milan as celebrity goodies help raise £8k

Richard Hales, Paul Calver and Eddie Miszkowski organised the race night which brought in �8,000 for cancer charities. Picture submitted

Richard Hales, Paul Calver and Eddie Miszkowski organised the race night which brought in �8,000 for cancer charities. Picture submitted

A signed Oasis guitar and England shirt helped raise £8,000 in just one night - and all in the name of a 14-year-old suffering from a rare bone cancer.

The successful auction and race night fundraiser at the Wardens Football Club was held last weekend to bring in funds for Breast Cancer Care and the Teenage Cancer Trust in support of Milan Patel.

And with over 150 supporters digging deep to buy up everything from a £3,000 guitar signed by the Gallagher brothers, to tombola tickets at £1 each, the night was hailed as a real success.

Organisers at the club said the idea came about as a way to help football-mad Milan, who plays for the Wardens Under-14s team, as he undergoes a second round of treatment.

The Kenilworth School pupil was told last year that a rare form of bone cancer had returned, and the teenager has been in and out of hospital.

Support for the popular teenager is unwavering, and he is even determined to do his bit for others by advocating the Teenage Cancer Trust’s good work.

Club committee members and coaches Richard Hales, Paul Calver and Eddie Miszkowski organised the night to “do their bit”, and described the turnout as excellent.

Praising everyone who came out from business owners to club members, Richard Hales said: “It was a brilliant night and we raised a huge amount of money for these great charities.

“People were so generous and we were amazed how much money we were able to raise on the night.”

Items for sale to the highest bidder included a guitar signed by Noel and Liam Gallagher and an England football shirt signed by Match of the Day presenters Gary lineker, Michael Owen, Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer.

And the fundraiser was just the latest in a long line of events in the town as friends gather round to show support.

Pupils at Kenilworth School shaved their heads in solidarity, and charity days helped bring in thousands of pounds for the trust as well as for cancer wards at Warwick Hospital where Milan receives much of his care.

His mother, Gita said the family is simply overwhelmed by the amazing kindness shown by friends who she cannot thank enough.

Last year, Milan’s club coach, Paul Calver Tweeted a comment made by the youngster on the return of his cancer, stating that he had fought it once and would do it again.

The comment was repeated thousands of times around the world including by premiership football clubs - and even landed Milan a message of support from star, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

 

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