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Charity partner shares Tigers matchday

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Tigers in the Park next Saturday (September 19) is the official Leicester Tigers charity matchday of Rik Basra's Leukaemia Campaign.Rik, a former Leicestershire Police officer who retired last month after 30 years’ service, set up the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign after being matched successfully to a stem cell donor in Germany following a long battle with blood cancer.   So far, Rik and his partner Kas have managed to recruit more than 10,000 people to the stem cell register through their events.   The campaign is one of the Leicester Tigers’ official charities for the 2015/16 season and the opening home game in the pre-season Kings of the North tournament at Welford Road will be their official matchday.   "We are absolutely thrilled at becoming a Leicester Tigers charity this season,” said Rik.   “Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer in the UK and we want to show just how easy it is to sign up and donate stem cells. Every person we sign up has the potential to save a life.”   The Tigers match against Aviva Premiership rivals Newcastle Falcons falls on September 19, the 19th day of the ‘Pass It On Campaign’ which has been promoting the work of the Anthony Nolan Trust. As part of the campaign, the Pass It On flag will be handed over to representatives from Leicester’s Guru Teg Badhur Gurdwara and their bhangra dancers who will be entertaining the Tigers crowd on the Welford Road pitch during half-time.   “Tigers In The Park is going to be a fun-packed day and we want as many people as possible to come along and visit us,” added Rik. “We will have a team of trained volunteers on hand to sign-up anyone wishing to register and explain the process and answer any questions.”   To find out more about the work Rik does visit www.rikbasra.com   To purchase match tickets for Tigers against Newcastle Falcons and share in Tigers in the Park call in at the Welford Road ticket office in the Club store, phone 0116 319 8888 or book online by clicking here.