Sheffield’s Nick Matthew donates prize money from record-breaking title win to youngster

Nick Matthew, on his way to victory over Egypt's Fares Dessouky at London's East Wintergarden. Picture supplied by PSA.
Nick Matthew, on his way to victory over Egypt's Fares Dessouky at London's East Wintergarden. Picture supplied by PSA.
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NICK MATTHEW said he hopes to have raised awareness about a rare form of brain tumour after handing over his prize money from his record-breaking Canary Wharf Classic triumph to a seriously ill youngster.

The 36-year-old world No 4 saw off the challenge of 22-year-old Egyptian Fares Dessouky to celebrate his sixth win in the tournamnent at London’s East Wintergarden.

But Matthew was happy just to lift the silverware after deciding to donate all of his prize winnings to Sumner Malik, a promising 10-year-old squash player, who has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – a rare form of brain tumour.

“I know the the Malik family and they live and breathe squash,” said Sheffield-born Matthew, who will now turn his attentions to next week’s British Open in Hull. “We’re fortunate to do what we do for a living and we take it for granted at times.

“I don’t want any thanks or personal gain for doing it - it’s about raising awareness for him and it’s the least that I can do. I’m a parent myself and hopefully he can have a great life ahead of him and I’m glad that I’ve been able to give them a good fund.”