For Cure Leukaemia, the funds raised through 'One Day' will help finance a pioneering Therapy Acceleration Laboratory at the University of Oxford which will drive the development of new personalised blood cancer therapies.
This new facility, led by Professor Paresh Vyas at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford, will apply the very latest scientific and computational analysis to blood cancer samples collected from patients treated through the national clinical trials network led by the Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Read more HERE
Cure Leukaemia was established in 2003 to give blood cancer patients rapid access to pioneering drug and transplant treatments by funding a network of specialist research nurses in major leukaemia centres to deliver world-class clinical trials. This highly effective delivery model has transformed the speed at which groundbreaking clinical trials of new drug and transplant therapies can be assessed, and in the process, given patients for whom standard treatments have failed, access to potentially life-saving drugs.
Every £10 donated to Cure Leukaemia can leverage £100 of free, potentially life-saving drugs. Here is Cure Leukaemia Patron Adrian Chiles explaining how this works:
Based on Deutsche Bank’s current national charity partnership - an additional funding injection of £2m+ over two years for Cure Leukaemia would be distributed in two key areas.
Click on the link below to read our application to Deutsche Bank to read more about these key areas...
All funds raised by Deutsche Bank will directly benefit patients battling blood cancer, just like 40-year-old firefighter Adam Joyce. Adam was first diagnosed with leukaemia in 2000 and was given just 3 months to live. Following treatment by Cure Leukaemia co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock, Adam's illness went in to remission and he was able to live a normal life once again.
He said, "I'm only here because of people like Professor Charlie Craddock and charities like Cure Leukaemia. I encourage Deutsche Bank staff to use one of their two votes to vote for Cure Leukaemia so that many more people can hear the three amazing words I heard all those years ago, you are cured."
It's always someone else… until it's you.
My name is Jenna Ostrowski. I am a 33-year-old Corporate Solicitor from Birmingham. Until my recent holt, life has been pretty fast paced and hectic, although very happy with my amazing partner and ultimate teammate, Matt.
Many of you will be able to relate to my lifestyle, working hard and playing hard, spending my weekends with my loving partner and friends and counting down the days until my next holiday or friend’s wedding or group get-together.
Last year, Cure Leukaemia’s CEO James McLaughlin visited our offices to tell us about the charity after my company raised funds earlier in the year.
I lost my uncle to blood cancer so I was keen to hear more. I wasn’t aware at the time but I actually had blood cancer at that point.
On Friday 7th July 2017, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. My life and that of my family and friends has since been turned upside down. I am no stranger to adversity and have always overcome it in the past, this is no exception. I’m determined to fight this hideous disease and win.
For a person who used to enjoy a busy and active life, it is incredibly difficult to experience side effects from chemotherapy which restrict what I can do, and to see my fitness levels take a significant nose dive. But despite this, I try to get out and walk every day and do gentle exercises in hospital and at home in the hope that I’ll regain my fitness. It’s vital for me so that I can crack on with more fundraising for Cure Leukaemia. To date, we’ve raised over £11,000 through my fundraising page.
As I write in January 2018, I am due to return to hospital for, hopefully, my final round of chemotherapy. I will also receive consultation and treatment at the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology in Birmingham which has now reopened after a £3.4m expansion which was possible thanks to Cure Leukaemia raising an additional £1m in 2017. This improved facility will benefit thousands of patients like myself through pioneering clinical trials and vastly improved patient experience.
Cure Leukaemia is a very special charity and when I have beaten this disease they will have a fundraiser for life.
Jenna sent her latest update from her hospital bed in early February:
We believe we have a winning formula to ensure all our events are fun, innovative, engaging and ultimately maximise their fundraising potential. Working with Deutsche Bank’s staff, we would deliver a varied events calendar to excite and engage with not only your employees but also the company’s extensive client base.
A message of support from four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome:
"I lost my mother to blood cancer and I would urge people to support Cure Leukaemia's fundraising efforts in the coming weeks and months."
With Chris' support, we would organise a bucket list cycling experience with Chris Froome and Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas for Deutsche Bank staff and clients in 2018. Giving you the chance to join Chris for an exclusive day in the saddle before a private dining experience with the Olympic Bronze medalist.
Not forgetting two of our favourite days of the month...
An idea of what to expect from our events...
To ensure you are all kept fully up-to-date with all the latest news on the partnership, we will create a dedicated Deutsche Bank/Cure Leukaemia website and app to make sure you can access the latest news and events 24 hours a day.
This will include:
Cure Leukaemia is lucky to have fantastic support from high profile figures from the sporting, culinary, entertainment and business industries. Here are a few faces you may recognise urging Deutsche Bank's staff to #VoteCL: