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CHARITY CRICKET MATCH RAISES £10,000!!

Friends and family of Helen Dougherty-Graves organised a charity cricket match this summer to raise funds for the Hospice and thank staff for the care given to Scott Graves and his wife Helen, who is currently receiving care after being diagnosed with breast cancer in May this year.

Helen, a family nursing partnership manager, has been provided with ‘fantastic’ care by the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and friends and family have organised the event to raise funds to support their work. Her husband Scott Graves said the event at Christleton Cricket Club was a way of giving back to everyone who had helped their family and is delighted that to date they have raised a remarkable £10,000.

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The couple have been married nearly six years and have three children: Freya, 10, Harrison, four, and Eleanor, one.

He said: “As well as raising money for the Hospice, the match was a way of getting everyone together and have a good time. The cricket team were trying for the premier league 10 years ago, but gradually we all went our separate ways. It was amazing that everybody pulled together to show their support and make the day such a success.”

“We couldn’t have done it without all of our friends and family, who have shown us so much support. I would particularly like to acknowledge Russell Crowley and Jason Ashcroft and their wives, who made a monumental effort to ensure the day was a success.”

Helen is currently going through chemotherapy at The Christie in Manchester. Scott, a police officer, said: “I’m massively proud of her. The resilience and the resolve she has shown has been unbelievable. She’s going through all this and managed to be a mum and a wife at the same time which is hard enough as it is. But that’s Helen, that’s her character.”

Their two eldest children attend Saughall All Saints Primary School. He said: “It’s made us appreciate how very lucky we are to have three wonderful children, who have dealt with all this so well. The treatment Helen is going under is tiring and some days I don’t know how she does it.”

IMG_0008Helen summed up the day in her own words,

“Well it’s not often I’m lost for words but thank you doesn’t seem to cut it.  To all the people who helped, donated, had fun, played cricket, bounced on castles, rode ice cream bikes, bought raffle tickets, painted faces, made cakes, sold cakes, threw welly’s, ran assault courses, manned a stall, pulled pints, carved the hog roast, painted nails, plaited hair, became Anna and Elsa, wrote on raffle tickets, helped plan, helped decorate and help tidy up….. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The family also have a JustGiving page, to donate visit:

www.justgiving.com/Scott-Graves1