Emmerdale Cricket Match Raises £3,400 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

23 September 2016

ORGANISERS of a charity cricket match which featured stars from ITV soap Emmerdale have presented a cheque for £3,400 to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Altofts Cricket Club, based in Wakefield, held the event as part of the charity’s Yorkshire v Cancer campaign, which it is running in partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The charity is the official partner of the club and the two organisations have been working together to raise awareness of skin cancer. Cricket clubs across Yorkshire have been taking part in the campaign by holding a Yorkshire v Cancer cricket match to raise money for the charity and help players and spectators understand how to stay safe in the sun. 

Actors Chris Chittell, Chris Bisson and Joe-Warren Plant, who play who play Eric Pollard, Jai Sharma and Jacob Gallagher, all attended the match last month. 

More than 1,000 people turned up to enjoy the event, which included a raffle, tombola, barbecue, cake stall and an auction which included two personal tours of the Emmerdale set donated by Chris Chittell. 

Altofts Cricket Club has two senior teams which play in the Bradford League and a successful network of junior teams, from U9s to U17s.

Sophie Bunker, Community Engagement Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “There was a fantastic turnout and it was a great match. It was the second event Altofts has held for the charity and they absolutely smashed their 2015 fundraising total. 

“We’d like to say a huge well done and thank you to Paul, Claire and the rest of the team. The money raised will help us raise awareness of the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer among communities across Yorkshire.” 

Claire Sutherley, from the club, said: “It was a pleasure to work with the Emmerdale cast and Yorkshire Cancer Research once again. The day was a massive success for the charity, the club, our sponsors and the local community.”



Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
  • For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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