Anne-Marie Purslow was a life-long Blues fan and well loved member of the Tamworth community. She suffered with an extremely rare condition called Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, that affects only 6 people in the UK.
It is a clinical condition caused by cancerous cells that produce abundant mucus. The tumours cause fibrosis of tissues and impede digestion and organ function.If left untreated, the tumours and mucus they produce will fill the abdominal cavity. This results in compression of the organs which destroys the function of the colon, small intestine, stomach and other organs.
Anne-Marie and the Purslow family went through an incredibly tough time from her diagnosis in August 2013. She underwent numerous evasive operations, treatments and attempts to cure the cancer but in January 2018 her condition took a turn for the worse. Her condition was announced terminal.
As friends of Anne-Marie, we wanted to do something special for her to give her and her family an amazing final few months together. Commercial Director of Pure Cloud Solutions, Jamie Lake got in touch with the family to work out how we could help them during this awful period.
He spoke to our strategic partners at Birmingham City Football Club to arrange for Anne-Marie to enjoy Legends Lounge hospitality at the BCFC game against Hull City where she also met her favourite player and man of the match, Jota, along with her husband, Mike.
Business Development Manager for BCFC at the time, Chris Brewerton said: “Having worked very closely with Jamie and all at Pure Cloud Solutions over the years, I have grown to know a great deal not only about their company but also their commitment to local charitable causes.”
“Having met Anne-Marie and her partner and inviting her to enjoy our Hull game as a guest of the club I know how debilitating and tough it has been for her and her family and we are delighted to be working with Pure Cloud’s Charity Help Us Help Others to raise money for her cause.”
Jamie Lake, Commercial Director of Pure Cloud said: “The Blues have gone above and beyond to help us with our charitable activities. With the help of Chris Brewerton and Adam Clark we have been able to make a lifelong Blues fan that has been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, extremely happy by getting her to a game to meet one of her Blues heroes face to face.”
“If it wasn’t for the kindness of the club and other members of the public, we wouldn’t be able to help those less fortunate and wouldn’t be able to reap the rewards of seeing them smile during tough times.”
As well as this, we organised a charity football tournament in May 2018 for Anne-Marie at Polesworth North Warwick Football club. The day was a jam-packed family fun day that included a raffle, an auction, fun activities, a DJ and BBQ.
Despite awful bad weather in the run-up, the sun was beaming down on the day and lots of people turned up to make the event a success. On the day, we managed to raise a fantastic total of just under £4,000, with all the money raised going towards ensuring Anne-Marie was kept comfortable for the remainder of her life.
It also gave her the opportunity to experience things she never thought she would, making cherished last memories with her family. It also alleviated some of the financial strain that comes with fighting this deadly condition. She sadly lost her battle not long after our fundraiser at the age of just 30.
Attend Our Annual Tournament!
In memory of Anne-Marie, we have decided to run the tournament on an annual basis. All funds raised will go towards raising money for a local charity of her family’s choice to give other people a chance experience happiness during tough times in the way Anne-Marie did.
This year, the tournament will be one of the biggest and best fundraisers we have organised to date. It will be held at Tamworth Football Club‘s ground, The Lamb on May 25th and will include 4 different tournaments for men, women, boys and girls.