LOSING his sister Elise at just 23 to melanoma has seen Alex Kirke on a mission to raise funds to research the deadly disease.
The 19-year-old is inviting people to come along to a special rugby match and BBQ taking place this Saturday, June 25, at Old Silhillians Rugby Club in Solihull.
A keen rugby player, Alex will be competing in the match between Solihull School 1st XV and Solihull School Old Boys’ XV.
Kick-off is at 2pm and proceeds from ticket sales, an auction and raffle will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, which funds research into skin cancer.
Alex, who grew up in Solihull but is studying mathematics at the University of Exeter, said: “Losing Elise just 18 months ago to cancer was devastating for everyone who knew and loved her.
“I wanted to organise this event to thank Dr Neil Steven and the excellent staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who cared for her and try and prevent this happening to anyone else.
“Everyone is welcome to come along and watch the match, enjoy some delicious BBQ food and drinks at the bar and help support a fantastic cause. Everything raised for the hospital’s official charity will be used to support research into immune treatments for melanoma.”
Amongst the numerous prizes up for grabs in the charity auction are a cricket bat signed by Alastair Cook, an England rugby team photo signed by Martin Johnson and a signed Manchester United shirt.
Alex added: “I’m encouraging everyone to bid ahead for one of these fantastic prizes. If you’d like to put in a bid or find out more about the prizes on offer then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Tickets are just £3 for adults and £2 for under 16s in advance or £4 on the day. If you would like a ticket please contact Alex on 07794 034 186.