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The AEGON Championships is to host ‘Rally Against Cancer’ – an all-star doubles exhibition on finals day to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which supports The Royal Marsden, the world-leading cancer centre treating British tennis player Ross Hutchins who was diagnosed with Hodkins Lymphoma in December.
Andy and Tim Henman will both be part of the line-up on Sunday 16th June, with other big-name tennis players and celebrities also making appearances.
“It is an unbelievable place that helps thousands of people in situations similar to mine. I’d had the idea of running a tennis event, and was approached about doing something after the final of the AEGON Championships at The Queen’s Club. I thought it was a great idea. So I asked Andy, and straight away he said he was up for it, and he would love to play for charity.”
Andy said: “As soon as Ross starting talking about the idea, I knew I wanted to get involved. We want to make it a day to remember, so we are talking to a few celebrities, who love their tennis, about coming down and getting involved on the day. I’m looking forward to helping raise as much money and awareness as possible so the charity can continue the amazing work it does, which I’ve heard all about through Ross.”
An additional £10 will be collected for each finals day ticket purchased and this will go directly to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Lawn Tennis Association, which owns the AEGON Championships, will contribute £10 for every ace hit during the tournament. There will also be an auction set up to raise further money, and donations can be made directly and at any time by going to: http://www.justgiving.com/RallyAgainstCancer2013
The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre specialising in diagnosis, treatment, care, education and research. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raises money to help The Royal Marsden provide world-class care for cancer patients, to support the hospital’s pioneering work in cancer research.
The Aegon Championships takes place 10th-16th June. For more information, please go to http://www.aegonchampionships.com