England and Surrey cricketer John Edrich MBE is organising a fundraising golf day this autumn to raise funds for the cancer charity he credits with helping him overcome leukaemia.
The 74-year-old, who played a total of 77 test matches for England between 1963 and 1976, was diagnosed with Waldenström’s Leukaemia in 1999 and was given a maximum of seven years to live.
As a cricketer John Edrich had a reputation as a dogged and fearless batman. He explains how he met the challenge from cancer with similar determination:
“After five years of chemotherapy, which was extremely debilitating, I was advised to consult Dr Stefan Geider at Camphill Wellbeing Trust in Aberdeen. They specialise in mistletoe therapy as an integrative approach for patients with cancer I started with mistletoe therapy in 2005 and have continued with it for the past six years. I remain in good health and fully enjoy life.
“Many other people are also benefitting from this therapy and it is my wish that mistletoe therapy should be available for as many people as possible. Mistletoe for Cancer UK is an initiative of Camphill Wellbeing Trust, a registered charity. It needs funding to provide information & support for patients, develop service availability and fund research trials.”
John Edrich’s first Mistletoe for Cancer UK Golf Day will take place on Wednesday, September 28 on the Longcross Course at Foxhills Golf Club, Ottershaw in Surrey. Among the participants will be a number of celebrities joining the teams of four players. Proceeds from the event will go to Mistletoe for Cancer UK.
The day will also include a ‘Beat the Pro’ competition, competitions for longest drive, nearest the pin and putting. The fundraising event will be rounded off with a dinner in the evening. There are also opportunities for people to attend the event as spectators.
Commenting on the fundraising event, Dr Stefan Geider of Camphill Wellbeing Trust, said:
“We are extremely grateful to John Edrich for his initiative in setting up this Mistletoe for Cancer UK Golf Day to raise funds. It is tremendous that someone like him, who is so well known in sporting circles, is able to use that status to help us to achieve our fundraising goals.
“We have set ourselves the target to raise £100,000 by next year. This will fund a medical trial on mistletoe therapy, carried out by Aberdeen University , which will complement another already underway in Bristol University. We believe that these trials could have a significant impact on the availability and acceptability of mistletoe treatment for cancer, here in the UK.”
Entries for the Mistletoe for Cancer UK Golf Day, cost £750 for a team of four and £185 for individuals. Entries should be submitted to Alan Green at ARGevents telephone 07540 812895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.