The Worcester Warriors Community Foundation is supporting blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia throughout the 2016/17 season through the #LeadTheWay campaign with fundraising beginning at Friday’s Aviva Premiership match against Gloucester.
Cure Leukaemia fund the position of specialist research nurse Kate Arthur at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Kate’s position enables blood cancer patients to take part in clinical trials that otherwise could not have been run in Worcestershire. This gives patients the opportunity to take part in internationally significant research at their local hospital. These clinical trials and studies seek to answer important questions about how to treat blood cancers, and at the same time provide the patient with the best possible care.
The Head of Warriors Community Foundation, Carol Hart, visited the Worcestershire Royal Hospital to meet Kate and patients earlier this year. She said:
“The visit was inspirational for me. Having the opportunity to meet Kate and speak with patients highlighted how funds raised for Cure Leukaemia are vital and potentially lifesaving.”
“The Worcester Warriors Community Foundation’s #LeadTheWay campaign was created to bring people that have been socially isolated through illness or disability together to share experiences and interact.
Patients being treated for blood cancer at Worcestershire Royal Hospital have been invited on Friday and will be sitting together in the crowd which is a great example of the positive affect the campaign can have.”
Nurse Kate and over 30 staff members and patients from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be running for Cure Leukaemia in the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday October 16th. ‘Team Haem’ as they have called themselves, will be around the stadium with collection buckets so please do say hello and give generously.
Team Haem-mates Kate and 20-year-old Brooke Evans from Redditch are volunteering and collecting on Friday. Three years ago Brooke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and thanks to funds raised for Cure Leukaemia she is now in remission and training to become a nurse at Worcester University. She said,
“Without Cure Leukaemia’s funding I might not be here now and I am really excited to be taking part in the Great Birmingham Run with everyone in ‘Team Haem.’
"I am really enjoying training to become a nurse and I can’t wait to be able to help people who are in the same position I was a few years ago.”
All funds raised this evening will go towards Team Haem’s total and Warriors are further bolstering the fundraising by entering their own team of runners later this year! Dan Hart Guayarmina Molyneux, Maggie Johnson, Donna Davis and Andy Brownhill will be taking on the 13.1mile run in the second city in just over a month.
The runners will all be wearing Cure Leukaemia’s special commemorative shirt during the race which has over 1000 names included in the shirt’s design. The charity’s ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign was a great success and Worcester Warriors Community Foundation will appear on the shirt multiple times after the foundation made a substantial donation. The campaign for this year has now closed but you can still donate your name for next year’s shirt at www.donateyourname.co.uk
To make a donation to ‘Team Haem’ CLICK HERE or TEXT LEUK48 £5 to 70070.
Cure Leukaemia offer FREE entry into the Great Birmingham Run. There is still time to sign up simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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