Leeds Rhinos netball team raise over £4,000

The dedicated game was broadcast on Sky Sports Arena and raised funds to support our work.

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Lymphoma Action would like to thank everyone who helped raise such a fantastic amount during the Vitality Netball Superleague game on Monday night (11 April 2022).

The game was organised in support of Ellie Birkinshaw, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma this year. Ellie is the daughter of the club’s Assistant Coach, Maggie Birkinshaw. After hearing the news about 25 year old Ellie, the players decided they would like to do something to raise money for the Charity and help raise awareness of lymphoma.

Speaking about the event, Maggie said: “I am absolutely blown away with the love and support that has been shown for myself and my daughter. The news that the girls wanted to do something to raise money and awareness for a charity that is so close to my heart is very humbling and I am hugely grateful.

“My daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma in February and she is part way through her six months of chemotherapy. She is super positive and a big inspiration to us. She has rough days, which is to be expected, but she is strong and she is truly thankful for what the team are doing. She was overwhelmed when I told her what the players had decided to do but was disappointed that she couldn’t be there as she has no immunity, but she sent her heartfelt thanks.”

There is still time to donate to the Leeds Rhinos JustGiving page.

“We want to say a huge thank you to Leeds Rhinos Netball players for raising such a fantastic amount to support our work” says Sarah Thorn, Community and Partnerships Manager at Lymphoma Action. “Lymphoma is the UK’s fifth most common cancer and we are proud to have been making a difference for over 35 years, and we will continue to do everything we can to provide vital information and support to ensure nobody has to face their lymphoma alone.”