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Jody Craddock testimonial money for Birmingham Children's hospital

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Media captionJody Craddock's son Toby underwent cancer treatment in 2012

A former footballer, whose son has leukaemia, is to donate the majority of the proceeds of his testimonial to Birmingham Children's hospital.

Jody Craddock's four-year-old son, Toby, is undergoing treatment at the hospital, which is looking to raise £4m to revamp its cancer centre.

It said it wanted to expand the chemotherapy and outpatient unit.

Players from two of his former clubs, Wolves and Sunderland, will take part in the match at Molineux on Monday.

Mr Craddock said: "[The charity] is so close to my heart so it would be nice to scratch the surface of giving something back.

"They've done a hell of a lot for us... so if this helps somebody out with some equipment or anything, it's my way of saying thank you

"[Former goalkeeper] Matt Murray had 8,000 people for his testimonial, if I can get near that, it means I can give a nice portion of the money to the hospital."

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Image caption Jody Craddock won promotion to the Premier League with Wolves in 2009

Birmingham Children's Hospital said 3,000 people are treated at the unit each year.

Jamie Roberts, from the hospital, said the current unit was "cramped" and more than 30 years old.

He said: "The support of footballers like Jody is a massive boost helping with the general awareness of the campaign, getting the message out there that we need to fundraise to support the children in our cancer unit."

Craddock, 38, won two promotions to the Premier League during his career, with Wolves in 2008-09 and with Sunderland in 1998-99.

He scored 17 goals for Wolves in 237 appearances following his arrival from Sunderland in 2003.

His last first-team appearance was in December 2011.

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