Premier League players and managers sign up to support Stiliyan Petrov leukaemia campaign

The Aston Villa captain announced his retirement yesterday

A host of Premier League players and managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure and Gareth Bale have all put their names to a campaign raising money for Cure Leukaemia.

The campaign is inspired by Petrov, Aston Villa's club captain, who announced his retirement from football yesterday having been diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012.

19 individual boards have been signed by every Premier League club over the 2012-13 season and are being be raffled off in a text-to-donate campaign that aims to raise a total of £100,000 to fund specialist nurses and drugs trials for leukaemia patients across the West Midlands.

Aston Villa play their last home game of the season against Chelsea tomorrow, which will complete the set of 20 boards.

Talking about the campaign, Petrov said: “The team at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham have been with me in my battle against leukaemia for many months.

"I have personal experience of how important it is to have access to specialist nurses, clinicians, pioneering drugs and treatments. Without the help of Cure Leukaemia, all this would not be available for other patients with their own battles with this disease.

"What we’re trying to do is draw people’s awareness to this illness and do something practical by raising funds and helping to combat the disease.

"I’m delighted that the cause has been supported by my team-mates and my colleagues throughout the Premier League. It’s very touching and the amount of money we raise can make a real difference.”

James McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia, said: “We have been working closely with Aston Villa and visiting teams from the Barclays Premier League to create this highly unique opportunity to win millions of pounds of talent through the signature of every player from all 20 teams.

"To date there are 383 signatures and with Chelsea players due to sign on Saturday we will surpass 400. We hope all supporters across the country will take part and together we can raise vital funds to grow our network of specialist nurses which in turn will help save more lives. ”

To donate £5 to Cure Leukaemia’s Support Stan campaign and be in with the chance of winning every signature from all the 20 boards, text STAN19 to 70070 £5 or visit http://www.justgiving.com/supportstan.

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