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Posted on April 23 2012 at 1:36:00 0 comments

Phil Upton and Varun Chopra

What do you get if you put a Worcester Warrior and England rugby player, two Warwickshire cricketers and a former Midlands footballer into a local curry house for the evening? The answer – a great night out raising a decent amount of money for charity!

The annual Sporting Curry Night held at the Deedar Indian Restaurant in Barnt Green raised £2,000 for Cure Leukaemia. Charity patron and Warwickshire Bears Coach, Dougie Brown, hosted the event which included a question and answer session with rugby’s Andy Goode, cricketers Neil Carter and Varun Chopra and footballer Darren Purse.

Dougie’s wife, Amelia Whiteman of classical group Elysium III, treated guests to a beautiful version of Nessun dorma, and the evening also welcomed BBC Radio WM’s Breakfast Show host Phil Upton (pictured with Varun Chopra) as a guest. Cure Leukaemia is working with the radio station this year through the Red Alert Appeal which launched in February and hopes to raise £500,000 for the charity.

More than 80 guests filled the restaurant enjoying great food, sporting banter and a few silly games – including a pass the parcel which hid prizes of tickets to the England v West Indies Test Match and Birmingham City Football Club amongst its layers.

Cure Leukaemia is a charity which supports the work of the Leukaemia Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and funds Research Nurses across the West Midlands area. These nurses are vital in providing patients living with leukaemia with access to new and potentially life saving treatments.

For more information on the charity or to please visit

Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra, who last season became the first player in Warwickshire’s history to score back-to-back double centuries, has teamed up with Cure Leukaemia to help raise funds for much-needed specialist nurses across the Midlands.

As well as carrying the charity’s logo on his bat throughout the new season, Varun is looking for local companies to sponsor him as part of BBC WM’s Red Alert Appeal. 

He is appealing for businesses to pledge a minimum of £100 for every 100 runs he scores across all domestic competitions in the 2012 season. Last season he notched up 1,203 runs. If you would like to support Varun, email

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