Nominations Open for #CLChampions Awards

18th August 2016

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, Cure Leukaemia has opened nominations for the ‘CL Champions Awards’.

Ten prestigious awards will be presented to supporters that have raised funds for the charity on Friday November 18th at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The awards will recognise supporters for their outstanding dedication, generosity and creativity in their fundraising for Cure Leukaemia. The awards are open to everyone in the #CLFamily regardless of the amount raised or the size of the event; anybody can win.

Eight of the award categories are now open for nominations and can be made by filling out the form below. The Chairman and 10 Year Awards will be selected and are not open to nomination:


The closing date for nominations is Friday September 30th 2016.(Nominations for the Just One More Award are still open). All nominations will then be collated and reviewed by a five-strong judging panel; Dr Sandeep Nagra, specialist research nurse Donna Walsh, Partner at KPMG Birmingham and Cure Leukaemia Trustee Richard Turnbull, Head of Worcester Warriors Community Foundation Carol Hart and Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin.

On Monday October 24th the shortlists for the eight awards will be announced with 3 nominees for each award.

The awards ceremony will be held at Warwickshire County Cricket Club on the afternoon of Friday November 18th 2016. Afternoon tea will be served for guests and kids are more than welcome to attend. Donna Alos and former patient Adam Joyce will compere the event and all awards will be presented by Professor Craddock and Chairman Ian Allen. Further details on the event will be released in due course.


James McLaughlin said:


“It is great to bring back our awards to celebrate the Centre’s 10th anniversary and I am really looking forward to being a part of the judging process.


We are grateful for every single person who raises funds for this charity but this is a way to recognise those who go above and beyond to support the cause.


Anyone can be nominated and anybody can win so if you know someone who has raised funds for Cure Leukaemia make sure you nominate them, they may just pick up an award!”


The Panel:


Dr Sandeep Nagra

Sandeep is a Senior Bone Marrow Transplant fellow based in the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Cure Leukaemia funds Sandeep’s role and she treated former Aston Villa Captain Stiliyan Petrov when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2012.

She has specialised in bone marrow transplantation in patients with high-risk leukaemia for 12 years and also has a keen interest in clinical trials & research.





Donna Walsh

Donna is a specialist research nurse based at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, a role funded by Cure Leukaemia. Donna started in 2014 and has been instrumental in helping the charity with campaigns such as ‘Just One More’ and London 2 Paris. Donna is taking part in a sky dive in September to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.




Richard Turnbull

Richard is a partner with KPMG, one of the UK’s largest professional services firms.  His wife was treated for lymphoma the Centre for Clinical Haematology at QEHB, when she was 23 – the type of research funded by CL there has led to advances in treatment allowing them to have children after the treatment, something that wouldn’t have been possible even a few years earlier. 

He has been a supporter of CL for many years, and a trustee since 2014.  Richard led a team of nearly 50 runners from his workplace in the 2013 Birmingham half marathon, and is currently thinking about a special parachute jump for Cure Leukaemia.





Carol Hart

Carol heads up the multi award winning Warriors Community Foundation.  Carol has over 16 years’ experience working in community engagement; creating, developing and overseeing the delivery of some ground-breaking initiatives that tackle some of the most difficult issues that young people face in today’s society. 

Carol also has an extensive knowledge of the third sector and has successfully managed multi-million pound charitable partnerships with national and regional charitable organisations in the UK.



James McLaughlin

Having held senior roles within sport for 13 years including 2 Premier League football clubs, Nike and Edgbaston Cricket Ground James became CEO of Cure Leukaemia in 2012. The aim was to develop a co-ordinated strategy with the world-class clinical team based at the internationally acclaimed Centre of Haematology based in Birmingham, led by Professor Charlie Craddock CBE. 

James recently completed his second London 2 Paris bike ride to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.




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