Two of the young mascots for Jody Craddock’s testimonial match on Monday (2pm) have more reason than most to be grateful to the fantastic work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Toby Craddock, youngest son of Jody and wife Shelley, is into his third year of treatment for leukaemia and is making excellent progress under the hospital’s care.
Toby will of course be joined by older brothers Joseph and Luke to walk out with Dad ahead of Monday’s game between a Wolves XI and Sunderland XI.
"The charity is so close to my heart so it would be nice to scratch the surface of giving something back," said Jody.
"The staff do such a fantastic job but they are trying to improve the facilities by raising £4million for a new children's cancer centre.
"They've done a hell of a lot for us - so if this helps somebody out with some equipment or anything, it's my way of saying thank you."
Meanwhile Neil Taylor, landlord of the Fox at Shipley who are sponsoring Monday’s big match, also has plenty of reason to thank Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
His seven-year-old daughter Kiahna has undergone five major heart operations, the first three of which were when she was only six months old.
“The people at Birmingham Children’s Hospital saved my little girl’s life,” says Neil.
“Kiahna has spent a lot of time at the hospital and undergone corrective heart surgery five times, having her most recent – and hopefully final operation – in August, 2011.
“Thanks to the fantastic team at BCH, she is now able to live a normal, healthy life.”
Neil has carried out a vast amount of fundraising for BCH, raising approximately £30,000 for the hospital during Kiahna’s life.
He is currently working with friend and fellow Wolves fan Graham Large towards a new £20,000 target, with the duo having recently completed the Paris and London Marathons and cycled the distance in between!
Wolves Vice-President Robert Plant, who is taking part in a half time penalty shootout on Monday, has also made a substantial donation to the testimonial fund for his son Logan to play a half of the game.
Three of Robert’s grandchildren are also mascots for the game, as are some young footballers from the Cookley Sports Under-8s and Under-10s teams where Jody’s eldest two sons play.
A proportion of the proceeds from Jody’s testimonial are to go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, while their fundraisers will also be collecting from outside Molineux before Monday’s game.
Tickets are still available for the game which will feature plenty of former Wolves and Sunderland favourites as well as special guests.