Jody Craddock and son Toby are set to take to the pitch at half time tomorrow to thank Wolves fans for all their support and promote a fundraising appeal for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
And Jody will also receive a cheque for £10,000 for the hospital from Wolves’ partners whathouse.co.uk after guests at the annual What House ? Awards dug deep to support the Cancer Centre Appeal.
Toby, three, was diagnosed with leukaemia in April, and has come through some intensive treatment whilst a patient at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
He is now into an expected two-and-a-half year period of maintenance treatment, and the Craddock family – Jody, wife Shelley,Joseph, Luke and Toby – will be at Molineux to thank supporters for their kind wishes over the last seven months.
As well as receiving the cheque, Jody is also promoting the Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Super Santa appeal, which was also backed by several players who posed in masks at the Compton training ground this week.
The What House ? fundraising took place at their awards held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, which included footage of a penalty shootout between Jody and Wolfie – aka Rupert Bates, Editorial Director of whathouse.co.uk
The award-winning new homes portal, on the back of Wolves home and away shirts, chose to support the charity at its annual housebuilding awards after hearing about Toby, who is being treated at the BCH.
“We showed a video at the Awards of Jody and Toby at Compton Park training ground and the housebuilding industry, celebrating the best new homes in Britain, was incredibly generous,” said Rupert.
“I enjoyed my ‘training’ session in goal as mascot ‘Wolfie’ with Jody taking penalties. I managed to save one, but don’t think any Championship club is looking to sign me in the January transfer window!"
Shahaji Sattar, corporate partnerships consultant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with how much was raised at the What House? Awards and would like to thank the kind hearted guests who attended for their generosity and support. The donation from the Awards will make a massive difference to our young cancer patients and their families and completely transform their current surroundings into something modern, bright and spacious.”
Meanwhile Jody was joined by Roger Johnson, Karl Henry, Kevin Foley, Stephen Ward, Richard Stearman whilst posing for photos wearing Super Santa masks and Christmas hats, to help launch the hospital’s Super Santa appeal.
The Super Santa campaign is encouraging families to donate to the hospital via the dedicated www.iamasupersanta.org web page. Following donation, there is an opportunity to upload a photo along with details of ideal super powers – which will appear alongside the Wolves stars.
Louise McCathie, Head of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have the support of the Wolves players for our Super Santa Christmas appeal and hope this will encourage so many more people to donate.
"During the festive season when children should be at home with their families, around 3,000 children and young people from across the Midlands will spend time here at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
“Some of those patients are too poorly to go home, so they remain in our specialist care throughout the whole of Christmas and New Year. During that time we do our best to bring Christmas to their bedside.
“Whether it's £5 or £50, becoming a Super Santa this Christmas will make future festive seasons better for those children and their families by giving them a brighter, more spacious and comfortable place to stay.”
Jody meanwhile is looking forward to his on-pitch appearance and to receive the What House ? cheque on behalf of BCH.
“The sum of £10,000 is a fantastic amount of money and I am sure the staff at Birmingham Children’s Hospital will be very appreciative.
“It is a great effort from What House ? and everyone in the housebuilding industry to have shown such generosity, and will give a big boost to the appeal.
“Myself and wife Shelley have seen first-hand the care that Birmingham Children’s Hospital provide for very sick children across the West Midlands and beyond.
“As a parent it is your worst nightmare to hear your child has leukaemia and it came as a massive shock to us.
“The staff have been absolutely fantastic and the support and help we have received has been second to none.
“It is a really tough thing to go through for all the family and the hospital staff try and make it easier for everyone.
“To do that they need more funds, and myself and the lads were very keen to get involved to support the Super Santa Appeal.
“It is vitally important for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to be able to continue to offer the highest standards of care so that other children like Toby and families like ours are able to get through a really tough experience in as comfortable an environment as possible.”