The cheque was presented to Wolves star Jody Craddock on the Molineux pitch at half-time in the npower Championship game between Wolves and Nottingham Forest on Saturday 24th November.
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 Wolves defender Craddock’s son Toby, 3, who has leukaemia and 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 Bates, editorial director of whathouse.co.uk.
“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!” said Bates.
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.”
Jody was also delighted that so much was raised for the hospital’s appeal.
He said: “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.
“Since Toby was diagnosed with leukaemia in April we have spent a lot of time on Ward 15, and have seen first-hand the care that Birmingham Children’s Hospital provide for very sick children across the West Midlands and beyond.
“It can be a really tough time for children and their families but the staff are fantastic and make everything as comfortable and positive as possible.
“I would say to Rupert though he’s better off sticking to the day job – I’ve never been the best at penalties but he didn’t get near most of them!”
Wolves legend Jody Craddock with
his family & Wolves FC mascot Wolfie.
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