Chelsea and shirt-sleeve sponsor Hyundai have teamed up with Cancer Research UK to help raise money (and awareness) for life-saving cancer research.
As part of the annual fundraising campaign, “Stand Up To Cancer” (SU2C), Chelsea players David Luiz, N’Golo Kanté, Gary Cahill, Victor Moses, and Davide Zappacosta joined Chelsea legends Gianfranco Zola, Carlo Cudicini, and Katie Chapman who laced up their boots boots once again to “give cancer a kicking” with a little bit of target practice.
My only wish is that the video itself was a little bit longer.
The Chelsea gang were also joined by two prominent celebrity fans in actor Jason Flemyng (of ‘Lock, Stock...’ and ‘Snatch’ fame, and many others) and everybody’s favourite comedian Omid Djalili (whose obvious cursing after his miss is hilarious).
It’s a simple yet brilliant gesture by the club.
“It’s always good for the players to be able to take part in events such as these. Stand Up To Cancer is such an important campaign because cancer affects so many people.
“Gianfranco was the best at hitting the target but it was just a bit of fun and we all had a good laugh competing against each other in the challenge.”
As part of the campaign, Chelsea also surprised cancer survivor and Chelsea fan Ed Garside with a special meeting. Ed was diagnosed with leukaemia on his eighth birthday and was given the all-clear after three years of intensive chemotherapy. Now 18, he thought he was heading to Stamford Bridge to talk about this experience as part of SU2C as well take in a tour of the stadium, so he was in for a shock when none other than Gianfranco Zola met him on the pitch for a kickabout after which he was given two tickets to Saturday’s match against Manchester United.
Lovely and truly heartwarming stuff. And how great is it to have Zola back at the Bridge?
Great job by all involved!