ONLINE POLL'S WINNING CHARITY ANNOUNCED
The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund has won the fans' Online Charity Poll and will now hold bucket collections during the Manchester United game on Sunday 28 October.
Nearly 10,000 fans voted in the poll, which included 12 cancer charities. The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund gained 3,392 votes to make them the winners.
'We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hold bucket collections at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea host Manchester United,' said Elaine Ball, Chair of The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund. 'It's a fantastic opportunity to raise vital funds. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and turned our dream into a reality.'
The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund was founded in 1999 by Chelsea fan Thomas Ball. Thomas was only nine when he started the charity and undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma stage four, which he had been diagnosed with 20 months earlier.
'Thomas Ball wanted to help other children with cancer by raising funds to provide special holidays for affected youngsters,' explains Elaine, Thomas' mother who today continues his great work with the charity.
'Thomas was an avid Chelsea fan but sadly he died from neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, when he was just 14 years old, he even had a Chelsea funeral with all his friends and family wearing Chelsea shirts.
'The trustees continue to help children and teenagers from all over the UK who are suffering from either cancer or leukaemia. We are hoping that the fans will be very generous on the day because it will enable us to help even more of the hundreds of children and teenagers who are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year.'
The main objective of The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund is to relieve sickness and distress among children suffering from cancer and members of their families. This usually means funding medical equipment, holidays, special gifts and research.
The Cancer Charity Poll was the second of five polls to take place this season. The remaining categories are Military Charities, Children and Young People's Charities and Community and Support Charities. The first poll, the Medical Charity Poll, was won by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust who raised £1,719 during the Stoke City game on Saturday 22 September.