Last weekend I embarked on Wembley Stadium to see my beloved Bradford City lift the League Two Play Off Final Trophy. In my eyes it was the most important game in the world, however, I was wrong.
Instead, that title should go the Breast Cancer Care Trophy; a charity game between Pixel8 Bullets and Mid Cheshire Dynamos at Sir John Dean’s college in Northwich.
Pixel8 are a design, branding and marketing agency based in Manchester. We have a great relationship with the company and have worked together on several projects including the launch of both our website and blog. In October 2011, Pixel8 was rocked by the news that an employee was diagnosed with Grade 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of the breast. Then a few weeks later, the founders wife was also diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ of the breast. The two women happened to be sisters and were just 34 and 41 years old at the time. Thankfully after surgery and intensive chemotherapy treatment, both ladies are well and their cancer is in remission.
Breast cancer has hit the company hard, however Pixel8 are fighting back! They have organised fundraising events with the aim of reaching £3600 for Breast Cancer Care, with the company holding events such as the traditional raffle to the more extreme means like sky diving. Held in July, eight employees will jump out of a plane at 10 000 feet in bright orange lycra suits – the colour of their logo.
The highly anticipated match last week was another fundraising effort. In need of some steel in their back four, Pixel8 asked our very own Paul Caine to play. With a strong sporting pedigree, he was more than happy to answer the call. In what was a tight game, the Bullets unfortunately lost 2-1. However, the real result was the fact that Pixel8 raised just over £2000 from the day and are itching closer to their target.
In his newly acquired aqua blue boots, Paul produced a solid performance and talked fondly about the game. He said, ‘I don’t think I have played 11-a-side on a fill-size pitch since I was about 12, so it seemed a big pitch, yet people closed you down remarkably quickly. The team organised itself quite well and I think we put up a solid performance against a team of regulars with a close 2-1 score line (and their first goal was off-side too)'. On the topic of Pixel8 fundraising effort, he said, ‘the Pixel8 guys are really passionate about everything they do, and they do not do things by halves. The game was well organised, including the full squad kit, and if you visit their site you will see some of the costumes worn to the 80’s themed after-match fund-raising party.'
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