Prof Craddock and colleagues aim to raise £40K through London 2 Paris

4th March 2016

Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and four members of staff from the Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham are saddling up for a 500km bike ride with the aim of raising £40K for Cure Leukaemia.

Cure Leukaemia co-founder Professor Craddock, Shamyla Siddique, Daniel Robinson, Andrew Bacon and Biruk Asfaw will be joining former England, Crystal Palace and Wolves footballer and blood cancer survivor Geoff Thomas and up to 300 cyclists for London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution from May 19th – 23rd this year.

‘Team CCH’ have set themselves a fundraising target of £40,000, a figure that would fund a specialist research nurse for a year and connect blood cancer patients to £400,000 worth in potentially life-saving drug and transplant therapies. The team also includes former CCH staff member Sarah Essex who is now working in Hartlepool and Ade Faleti, a trial co-ordinator based in Oxford.

Professor Craddock said:


“I took part in this event last year and I couldn’t wait to sign up again for 2016. Not only is it amazing experience for all involved but it also raises vital funds for blood cancer patients who desperately need access to pioneering clinical trials.


Without Cure Leukaemia’s funding these trials would not run and patients would miss out on these potentially life-saving treatments.


This event is great challenge and I hope the Birmingham public help us reach our inspirational fundraising target.”

Cure Leukaemia funded Haemato-Oncology data co-ordinator Andrew Bacon said:


“I’m very excited to be taking part in London 2 Paris.


Without Cure Leukaemia’s funding I would not have been able to establish and manage a new bespoke Haemato-Ocology database that focuses on the collation of clinical, treatment and genetic information, allowing a better understanding of why patients develop blood cancers.


To have the opportunity to take part in a fantastic event and raise vital funds for this great charity means a great deal.”

Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas said:


“Without Cure Leukaemia and the staff at the CCH I would not be here now.


There are so many patients in the same position that I found myself back in 2003 and the funds raised from London 2 Paris will help save lives.


It’s great to have such a strong team from the CCH taking part and I look forward to riding alongside them all in May.”

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