The Express and Star have reported that a 24-hour penalty shootout in order to raise money for popular Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has got underway, kicked off by Wolves legend Steve Bull.
The shootout started at 10am on Friday morning and will go on for a full 24 hours, until 10am on the morning of Wolves’ opening match of the Championship season, when they face hotly-tipped Middlesbrough at Molineux at 3pm.
Legendary former Wolves and England striker Bull was the perfect man to start the penalty bonanza, organised by the Black Country club, in conjunction with supporter Steve Plant – and he found the top bin with his second attempt.
Supporters are already queuing out of the door for the chance to pay £5 for three penalties, to raise money for Cure Leukaemia and, if they score all three, they can earn the chance to take a penalty on the Molineux pitch, at a future home game.
In early July, it was revealed that the Wolves goalkeeper had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, and was to begin chemotherapy, after an abnormal result on a blood test during pre-season flagged up an irregularity.
Ikeme has received well wishes from throughout football, with the #TeamKemes hashtag gaining plenty of traction – and it has now been joined by the hashtag for today’s event, which will hopefully gain similar popularity, #Pens4Kemes.
It is an incredibly sad situation for Carl Ikeme and it is brilliant to see how the world of football can unite behind one of its own during his darkest moments – and today’s fundraiser is another example.
Fans get to meet a legend of their own, in Bull, and play for the chance to take a penalty kick on their hallowed turf and raise money for a cause so close to a player who has spent his entire career at the club – it is simply a wonderful idea.
Here at FLW, we join the rest of the football world in wishing Carl all the best in his road to recovery.
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