Andy Payne Fund A Nurse

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Last July,a much-loved cricketer and friend died of leukaemia,aged only 55. Andy Payne left a widow,three children and a massive gap among mates accumulated in the West Midlands down the years at King’s Heath,BBC Midlands and Belbroughton PfP Strollers cricket clubs – not to mention the team on BBC’s Gardeners’ World,where he was such a valued and popular cameraman.
 
Andy was a great one for getting on with things,no waffling but action. So instead of moping around,saying how much we all miss such a great team-mate and friend,we’ve decided to be practical and try to organise something in his memory.
 
Andy died in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital,the base for world-class scientists and clinicians who battle against blood cancer. An appeal has been launched to help raise £1m that will help enhance the Centre for Clinical Haemotology’s ambition to establish effective treatments of all blood cancers within 25 years. This would help fund even more vital research,enhancing Birmingham’s global reputation.
 
In tandem with that fantastic aim and fundraiser,Andy’s many friends are trying something tangible to commemorate what he meant to us. We are looking to raise £30,000 to establish the ANDY PAYNE FUND A LEUKAEMIA NURSE project. A bit of a mouthful,yes,but it simply means paying for an extra specialist nurse who can administer vital research. That nurse will be specially trained in exact disease diagnosis and how to help the patient progress. The necessary trials with drugs will be researched by the nurse (conforming to Dept of Health standards),acting as the crucial link between doctors,patients and the drugs developers.

Auction Ends 16th August 19.00 hrs except Lot 15 which closes 30th July.

We hope you agree there are a few auction items in there that could fairly be described as in the 'Money Can't Buy' category.

It sounds a lot, £30,000 - and it will only pay for a trials nurse for a year.  But if our project helps to save just one life in Andy Payne's memory, we won't have laboured in vain.  Having seen how hard Andy battled in his ultimately fruitless struggle, and how much he valued the medical assistance he had at the QE, we think something like this appeal is in keeping with his uncomplaining, practical nature.  He was never one for fanfares, even when scoring any of his many hundreds down the years.  In the bar afterwards, you'd never know if Andy had scored a century or a duck.  He treated those twin imposters just the same, as well as in the final, devastating years of his life.

There's absolutely no reason why this particular appeal for this human being should resonate with you at a time when there are so many deserving causes needing support.  That would certainly be Andy's trenchant opinion.

But his countess friends are going to try this summer to make a difference.

Thanks for getting to the end of this appeal.

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Lot 18
£ 190
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MOTD Studio Welcome
Lot 2
£ 120
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A Batting Masterclass with Ian Bell
Lot 3
£ 350
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Monty Don Garden visit
Lot 4
£ 50
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Fire Brigade Day
Lot 5
£ 460
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Aston Villa Experience
Lot 6
£ 210
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Halfords Chris Boardman Hybrid Bike
Lot 7
£ 70
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Jaguar Day
Lot 8
£ 110
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England Experience Day
Lot 9
£ 90
2
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Coaching session England Player of the Year
Lot 10
£ 170
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Radio 5 Live 606
Lot 11
£ 90
2
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WBA Experience with Pat Murphy
Lot 12
£ 110
3
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Lunch with Martin O'Neil and Stilyan Petrov
Lot 13
£ 70
1
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Wolverhampton Wanderers F C Experience
Lot 14
£ 170
2
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A Night in the Country
Lot 15
£ 330
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Edgbaston First Ever Night/ Day Test Match
Lot 16
£ 140
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Gift Package from West Bromwich Albion
Lot 17
£ 170
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Signed and Framed, Cricket Bat, England 2007
Lot 1
£ 230
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Four Tickets VIP The Lion King
Lot 19
£ 201
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Singing The Blues
Lot 20
£ 410
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Around Gleneagles With Ian Robertson
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