Remembering Graham Hawkins
As Wolves and Wolves Community Trust pay tribute to Graham, we would also like to remember the great work he undertook for charity, working tirelessly raising money for a cause that was very close to his heart....
In September 2013, The Cancer Patient Care Fund and Wolves Aid were delighted to hand over a cheque to the Deansley Ward at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.
The donation of £10,885 was a combination of fundraising and events organised by Graham Hawkins ex-Manager of Wolves and founder of the Cancer Patient Care Fund, and Wolves Aid, the community donations department within Wolves Community Trust, the official charity of Wolves FC.
Graham was inspired to set up the charity in early 2012 following his treatment for cancer and his experience of spending time within hospital. As well as New Cross, Shrewsbury Hospital has also benefited from these fundraising events which included a Charity Sports Dinner held at Molineux in October 2012 which was attended by a host of ex-players and staff including Graham Turner.
The Wolves Aid donation helped to fund both the cost of 2 spinal chairs which enable cancer patients to sit out of bed comfortably and the cost of extra complementary therapy sessions - such as aromatherapy which helps patients feel more relaxed and reduces symptoms of pain and nausea.
Graham had bravely fought against low grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being diagnosed in August 2009. He is survived by wife Jane, sons Ian and Richard and grandchildren Lauren, Amy, Holly and Louisa
Will Clowes, General Manager of Wolves Community Trust said:
"Graham was a pleasure to work alongside and we were delighted to be able to support his fundraising efforts, back in 2013. He kept in regular contact with the Trust to inform us of the progress of the patients he was supporting and was always very appreciative of our support.
"Despite his own battles Graham continued to support fellow suffers in recent times, which is a true testament of his character and generosity."
"Everyone at Wolves would like to extend their deepest condolences to Graham's wife, Jane, his sons, Ian and Richard and the rest of his family and friends."
Graham Hawkins helped present a Wolves Aid donation to Cancer Patient Care Fund in 2013 and was joined by former Wolves players John McAlle, Derek Parkin and Phil Parkes along with hospital ward staff at New Cross.