David Jones and Blood Cancer UK Golf Day Raises Over £100,000 for Research

Kaddey delighted to supply prizes to competition winners


Sky Sports Football anchor David Jones and Blood Cancer UK Golf Day has raised more than £100,000 which will fund a year’s trial into acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

The event, which took place at the prestigious Grove Resort just north of London, was attended by a host of former players and media personalities including ex Liverpool and Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness, Chelsea and England captain John Terry, Arsenal and England striker Alan Smith and Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas, whose wife sadly passed away after suffering from blood cancer.

Kaddey was delighted to supply several Switch trolleys as part of the prize line-up on the day, and to help contribute to a highly successful fundraising event, which was also attended by Kaddey ambassador and former England, Leeds United and Manchester City defender Danny Mills.

‘I’ll never forget the moment I found out that my friend and Sky Colleague, Simon Thomas, lost his lovely wife Gemma, the mother of his child, to blood cancer. Devastatingly, she was diagnosed at the start of the week and gone by the end of it. I couldn’t believe an illness could be so cruel and quick, leaving Simon and Ethan without her and hardly any time to understand what was happening, let alone say goodbye.

‘In many ways, at the time, Simon and I were living parallel lives. We were doing the same job for Sky, both travelling up and down the country to spend our weekends at football grounds rather than with our families. Both of us had the one son – his, Ethan, a year older than my Oskar.

‘Blood cancer tore right into the heart of Simon’s family, and I knew then I had to do something to help raise vital funds for Blood Cancer UK’s lifesaving research, to make sure no more children are left without their mother,’ he added.

One of Kaddey’s founding partners, Nick van der Plaat, said the brand was more than happy to assist in the provision of prizes.

‘We are so pleased to hear that the golf day was an incredible success, and the funds raised will be put to such good use with the research trials,’ he noted.


Photography: Sally Mais