Richard Paxman and Alex Lees were selected as ambassadors due to their work in the fight against cancer. Richard for his global work in helping hair retention during chemotherapy, and Alex for his ‘Hit Cancer for Six’ campaign, which raises awareness of youth cancer within the cricket community.
The two were given their ambassador title at the trusts’ annual Rose Ball, held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield. The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust was set up in 1996 by the family of Laura Crane. Laura died at the age of 17 after suffering from an aggressive mix of four types of cancer. The trust funds research into cancer affecting 13-24 year olds, a common age for cancer to occur in dangerous and complex forms with over 2,500 13-24 year olds being diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. The trust also funds support mechanisms in hospitals to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients who suffer loneliness and social isolation.
The Paxman Scalp Cooler was developed after Richards’s mother, Sue Paxman, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, Sue passed away in 2000 and the Paxman Scalp Cooler is now used by over 100,000 patients in 32 countries worldwide, achieving the Millennium Product Award for Innovation.
Alex Lees, who has been playing first class cricket matches since 2010, lost his father Simon to cancer in 2011. After this, his aunt decided to focus her career on the fight against cancer and now works at a hospital that is supported by the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.
Alex and Richard will join four other ambassadors for the charity, including Keith Senior and Andy Raleigh from the world of Rugby League, and two young cancer survivors, Sarah Dransfield and Jacob Simpson.
Speaking about the appointment, Richard said: “It is such an honour to be asked to be an ambassador for Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust. We work very closely with the charity and we admire immensely the work they do. It is also extremely poignant for us that the charity’s roots are in Huddersfield like us. I know my mum would be very proud.”