The Canterbury Christ Church Chargers and the QMBL Vipers are on field rivals in the 1A South East, but off the field the two teams have chosen to unite in their support for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Both teams have a member currently fighting cancer and so the two programmes have chosen to stand alongside each other in this fight.
Ross Clarkson of the Vipers told DC:
“There’s no love lost on the pitch in the 1A South East, but off it the Vipers and Chargers are united around one cause. Joe Waller of the Chargers and Mide Segun of the Vipers are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, so we are raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust who are supporting them with their fight.
If you know either of them, you know they are incredible guys who inspire all those around them with their fighting spirit. We are calling on the proud uniball community to stand alongside Joe and Mide.
With your support, we know it’s only a matter of time before they take to the field again with us!”
Even if you can’t spare a donation, you can still support this great cause by spreading the word – share the JustGiving page, the teams’ social media posts, etc, and get more of the Britball Nation involved!
The teams shared details of the young men they’re working to support:
Joe Waller of the Chargers was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer at age 10. He beat it and was considered cured. 9 and a half years later, Joe relapsed before the 2017/18 season and is undergoing treatment again.
Mide Segun of the Vipers was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma following the 2017/18 season. After a summer of treatment, he was given the all clear to return to university and play football for the Vipers this season. In December 2018, after playing 4 games of the season, Mide relapsed and restarted chemotherapy.
Joe and Mide are inspirations to both teams. The strength they continually display in their fight motivates both teams to pay something back to the charity that has supported their teammates.
Together the teams are working towards raising £4000 for Teenage Cancer Trust by offering support for each other’s fundraising efforts and joint events.
With the support of the Britball community, and some superb cooperation, the hopes are they can make a real difference.