A team of nurses from Ward 625 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, along with the help of those at the Centre for Clinical Haematology have raised over £2,000 for Cure Leukaemia following a Christmas Raffle.
The team who work alongside leukaemia patients on Ward 625 chose to raise money for Cure Leukaemia to show their support to colleagues and friends, Laura Conway and Kate Rogers, who both ran the BUPA Great Birmingham Run for Team Cure Leukaemia on Sunday 19th October.
Their initial target was to raise £250 from the raffle by charging £1 a ticket to friends, family, patients and fellow nurses throughout the hospital. But they were overwhelmed by the generosity of those wanting to buy tickets and were delighted to hand over £1,903.90 to Cure Leukaemia on Wednesday afternoon. This amount was added to the £257 already raised by Laura and Kate, resulting in a grand total of £2,190.90.
It was not only the generosity of those buying the tickets but also that of those who supported the raffle by donating prizes - hampers, vouchers and pictures were all donated from a number of local businesses including Waitrose Harborne, Maddison Ave Harborne, Chase water railway, Redditch Nandos, Ramada Hotel Sutton Coldfield, Cabella Hairdressers Quinton, Max Spielmann Harborne, Handmade Burger Company, Free Radio, patients' families and the nurses themselves.
Dawn Price said,
“We couldn't believe how well the raffle went. Initially we thought it would be a low key raffle with a few small prizes and never could we imagine it would take off the way it did.
It was a real team effort, from Charlotte who wrapped the hampers beautifully to the support we received from Shirley Aston and her team which was fantastic. It’s not going to stop now either, it will be something we will continue to do every year from now on.
It was a great feeling to announce the final total of over £1,900 from the raffle but the patients are the real heroes and are an inspiration to myself and the rest of the team. We were all so pleased that the team from Cure Leukaemia came across to take part in the draw and we were delighted to raise so much for a fantastic cause.”
Everyone at Cure Leukaemia would like to say a huge thank you to Dawn price, Charlotte Busby, Cara Filmer, Kate Rogers, Laura Conway, Julia Jones, the Heamatology Outpatients, Shirley Aston and her team and all of the staff from Ward 625 - we look forward to your continued support in 2015!