GIANTS star Eorl Crabtree is adding his considerable weight to a seven-year-old Newsome girl’s fight against a rare form of leukaemia.
Little Sophie Edwards is desperately in need of a bone marrow transplant to guarantee her a life free of cancer.
So far, Sophie’s parents, Emma and Andrew, and her doctors have been unable to find a suitable donor.
But the Giants-mad family are hoping that with the support of players from their favourite rugby league team, awareness in the condition will grow and a donor can be found.
And prop forward Eorl will be among those lining up later this week at a clinic in Huddersfield to try and find a suitable donor.
“As soon as Sophie’s dad, Andrew, approached me and told me about Sophie I said I’d do whatever I could to help,” said Eorl.
“I’ve got children of my own and I know how much it would mean to me if others were to help if I was in the same situation.
“Sophie’s a gorgeous little girl who never stops smiling and, to be honest, I find her an absolute inspiration.
“It’s great to think that in some way I can help raise awareness in her condition, and it would be absolutely fantastic if a donor could be found.
“I know the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow charity are helping Sophie’s family and friends stage a clinic in Huddersfield on Thursday to seek a donor for Sophie or other people waiting for a transplant.
“Having now got to know Sophie and her family, I know I’ll be there, and I hope many others will, too.”
The clinic will be at Newsome South Methodist Church Hall , Birch Road, Berry Brow, between 3.30-6.30pm.