In July 2017, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Carl was a product of Wolves' academy and made more than 200 first team appearances for the club.
Since that diagnosis, there has been an outpouring of love for Carl not just from the Wolves' family but also from the wider football community. This has been both in words, with prayers and messages of support, and also actions, with numerous creative fundraising initiatives ranging from the 'donate your name' campaign to the 24-hour penalty shoot-out, organised by lifelong Wolves fan Steve Plant who continues to champion #TeamKemes efforts on behalf of Carl and Cure Leukaemia. Individuals of all ages have been inspired to get involved. Louise and Chris are no different with their Great Big Art Auction & Raffle idea.
The news we had all been hoping/praying for arrived on 23 June 2018; after a year of intense chemotherapy, Carl was in "complete remission". Chris and Louise, no doubt alongside the rest of the Wolves family and footballing world, will continue to pray for Carl's return to full health as he looks forward to spending quality time with his family and being involved in other ways at his boyhood club following his retirement from professional football (27 July 2018). They will also look to keep playing their part within the Cure Leukaemiafamily in what is sure to be an incredibly exciting first season back in the Premier League for Wolves.