Former Crystal Palace legend Geoff Thomas has thanked his former side for donating a set of signed, match worn shirts as part of his nationwide fundraising drive to raise £1m for Cure Leukaemia, the charity that saved his life.
As many fans will know, Geoff is aiming to raise over £1m by cycling the full Tour de France route, one week ahead of the professionals next month.
The event, named The Tour 21, will see Geoff riding his 5th and final Tour de France challenge with 24 other amateur cyclists who are determined to hit their fundraising target for Cure Leukaemia. All funds raised will be invested in the national Trials Acceleration Programme which connects blood cancer patients from a UK catchment area of over 20 million people with potentially lifesaving clinical trials.
Thomas said: “I want to thank the players and the club for once again being so generous by donating signed shirts for Cure Leukaemia to auction and I’m sure the fans too will be incredibly generous in bidding on the shirts.
“These shirts are match worn, signed and even unwashed (!) from the home match vs Chelsea on Saturday 10th April so are a fantastic collector’s item for Palace fans both in the UK and abroad.
“The Club have already been so generous in sponsoring The Tour 21’s off-bike kit and one of the event’s stages, but these additional off field touches are incredible gestures and can make such a difference to a charity that helped save my life.
“I’m sure the bids will come flying in now that the auction is live and they will run throughout the clubs final 3 games of the season against Aston Villa, Arsenal and Liverpool.
“The game has been touched many times by blood cancer with myself, Carl Ikeme, Stiliyan Petrov, Sol Bamba and many more affected over recent years. Football has the power to beat blood cancer and Crystal Palace are leading the way.”
- To place a bid on ‘The Big Crystal Palace Shirt Auction’ go to: https://www.sliderstock.com/palaceshirts
- The auction closes at 21:00 GMT on Sunday 23rd May following the clubs final game of the season vs Liverpool.
Speaking about the Clubs generous support to Geoff on Friday 30 April, Crystal Palace Chief Executive Phil Alexander added:
“Geoff was an inspirational captain for our football club and he has continued to be an inspiration with his tireless fundraising efforts since his battle with blood cancer. Crystal Palace are proud to have supported him in his fundraising ventures over the last 18 years and we are proud to do so again for his final Tour de France challenge this summer.
“Cure Leukaemia is a charity making a direct impact on the treatment of blood cancer both nationally and internationally and we are delighted to help Geoff and the team towards surpassing their £1,000,000 target. I also hope that the Palace fans will play their part too in the coming months through these additional fundraising opportunities announced today and I wish Geoff and the team the very best of luck for their epic challenge.”
For more information on The Tour 21 go to: www.thetour21.com