A team of nurses from ward 625 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham have raised £3,500 over the Christmas period to support their team of runners who took part in the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run in October.
The team all work on blood cancer ward 625 at the hospital and administer some of the treatments made possible by funds raised for the charity. They joined a 200-strong Team Cure Leukaemia for the 13.1 mile half marathon on Sunday October 18th.
Kate Rogers, Laura Conway, Jennifer Slater, Rebecca Walker, Kiran Ali, Jaclyn Smith, Mark Everitt and Melissa Magson were aiming to raise as much money as possible to benefit the patients they treat every day.
Fellow nurses Dawn Price and Charlotte Busby and other nurses from the QE’s haematology wards helped with the fundraising by organising a Christmas raffle at the hospital that raised over £2,500.
Kate Rogers, ward 625 sister said:
"We are all delighted to raise such a fantastic amount for a charity we know helps the patients we treat on a daily basis. Without Cure Leukaemia, many blood cancer patients in the Midlands would miss the opportunity to access pioneering and potentially life-saving therapies so we know the funds we’ve helped raise will directly help patients.
We are all hugely appreciative to all the people who have donated and helped us exceed our target.”
James McLaughlin, Cure Leukaemia’s Chief Executive said:
“The nurses from ward 625 do so much to help others every day so to have them literally go the extra mile and raise this amount for the charity is fantastic. We are so grateful for their efforts to raise a figure that is worth £35,000 in potentially life-saving drugs for blood cancer patients in our region, drugs that will help save lives.
I know they have already committed to run in 2016 and we will be very proud to have them in Team Cure Leukaemia once again!”
Cure Leukaemia are hoping for their biggest ever team in 2016 so if you are looking for a challenge next year sign up, join the nurses and run for Team Cure Leukaemia in the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday October 16th 2016, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exclusive video highlights of Team Cure Leukaemia can be viewed via the link below:
Don't forget, you can still donate to Team 625’s Just Giving page here: