Through Kelvin Davis’s heavy involvement with the Liver & Pancreatic Research and Development Cancer Charity, Saints will be helping to raise further awareness of a cause close to the former goalkeeper’s heart.
Kelvin is now patron and chairman of the Liver & Pancreatic Research and Development Cancer Charity, having got to know its founder, Mo Abu Hilal, who performed emergency appendix surgery on his wife, Kelly, in 2014.
The goalkeeper’s testimonial back in May raised vital funds for the Southampton-based charity, and now the club will be showing further support for an important cause.
Throughout the week, the Ted Bates statue at St Mary’s has been lit a violet hue, along with the O2 Guildhall, to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
Liver and Pancreatic Cancer affects more than 15,000 patients in the UK every year. There is still a scarcity of funds dedicated to research to improve early detection and survival rates, which have not improve in the last 40 years.
That is why Kelvin is keen to highlight and raise awareness of LAPRD over the course of the week. “The idea with the purple to light the stadium up is to gain awareness and to get people talking,” he said.
“The council are doing something amazing in town with the civic centre being lit purple as well, which is the colour associated with World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
“The charity has spent a considerable amount of money this year on two research programmes to support what we’re trying to do.”