Finedon woman’s fundraising bid to perform on world stage after cancer fight

Charlotte at the British Transplant Games.
Charlotte at the British Transplant Games.

A Finedon table tennis player who battled cancer is set for the world stage - but she needs your help to do so.

Charlotte Binley, 24, was forced to drop out of university as she fought off a rare form of cancer which affects the bone marrow.

Miss Binley has played table tennis since primary school and represented Northamptonshire, but her illness meant she was unable to train or compete.

But after receiving a bone marrow transplant she got back into the sport and took gold at the British Transplant Games earlier this year, meaning she will now represent the country on the world stage.

She said: “Fighting cancer has been really tough and I didn’t even play table tennis for a long time as I was too ill.

“I was very lucky to receive a transplant and I’ve been getting back into the sport.

“I was so happy to win at the British Transplant Games and so proud to be selected to represent the country.”

Charlotte will now play for Great Britain at the World Transplant Games in Malaga in June 2017.

But doing so will cost about £1,500 – and she is appealing for donations to help her compete.

She added: “It’s a self-funded trip so it’s quite expensive.

“I would really appreciate any donations to help me achieve my dreams.”

All of the athletes picked to compete in Malaga have survived either a heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, small bowel or bone marrow transplant.

Team manager Lynne Holt said: “Selection on to our team is just the beginning. It is an enormous commitment of both time and money.

“The next nine months will be busy for the athletes, keeping fit, regularly training in their sport, attending regular team training meets, doing publicity and trying to raise the £1,500 per person to get there.

“However, the opportunity to represent their country, celebrate life and in doing so, paying tribute to their donors, is the goal.”

To donate to Charlotte’s cause, click here.