Former England bowler Ashley Giles will join his wife Stine to host an “Indian Summer Night” party at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham - their first flagship fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity.
It comes after Stine, who suffered from a brain tumour in 2006 and two subsequent tumours in 2012, made a promise to herself that she would raise funds for the charity if she recovered.
The event on Saturday October 11 is being supported by other cricket stars including Darren Gough, Kevin Pieterson and Michael Vaughan.
Ashley rushed back from England’s 2006 Ashes tour in Australia to be with Stine when she was first diagnosed.
After successful removal of the tumour, the couple were devastated when two more tumours were discovered six years later, requiring immediate intensive treatment. That was when Stine made her decision to fundraise for The Brain Tumour Charity if she recovered.The Indian Summer Night event, which starts at 7:30pm, will feature an Indian three course meal and evening entertainment as well as a raffle.
Stine revealed: “I am so pleased that we are able to hold the event at Edgbaston, it is obviously a fantastic venue and a place that will always be special to Ashley and myself”.
Ashley has already raised a significant amount for The Brain Tumour Charity this year by coming out of retirement to play cricket for Nuneaton. He took up his bat again after an anonymous donor offered to contribute to the charity in return for his appearances on the field.
Ashley said: “The suggestion came right out of the blue but the more I thought about it the more I thought this was a chance to pay something back to this fantastic charity and support Stine's fundraising.”
Louise Taylor, The Brain Tumour Charity’s director of fundraising, said: “We are thrilled to have Stine and Ashley’s support, and delighted that Stine is now well enough to fulfil the promise she made to herself two years ago.
“Their commitment and fundraising will make a real difference as we rely entirely on voluntary donations to fund our work.”
The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours and is the only national charity making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. The Charity funds pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment option as well as raising awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours to bring about earlier diagnosis. It helps affected families cope, providing support so patients can experience the best possible quality of life.
For anyone interested in attending the Indian Summer Night party, more information can be found on www.thebraintumourcharity.org/raising-funds/Events/Community-events/indian-summer-nights-party