This is THE year for the whole #CLFamily to unite to help raise an additional £1m to fully fund the £3.5m expansion of the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology in Birmingham by December 31st 2017.
This transformational project will double the world class facility’s capacity for patients, clinical trials and specialist research positions as well as allowing stem cell transplants to be performed as an outpatient for the first time. Not only will the expanded Centre immediately increase the number of lives saved but also hasten global progress towards establishing effective treatments for all blood cancers within 25 years and YOU and your friends can help us achieve this inspirational goal.
The Appeal was launched in January at the offices of our partner KPMG with former patients that have benefitted from the Centre since 2006 and well know figures including Ben Foster, Andy Street CBE, Sam Bailey, Alex McLeish, Jonathan Trott, Aidy Boothroyd and Geoff Thomas all showing their support for the campaign.
The Appeal has also had strong support from government with the Local Growth Fund granting £2.45m towards the project and from George Freeman MP the former Life Sciences Minister and the current Chair of Prime Minister’s Policy Board, he said:
“Anyone who wants to make a difference, anyone who wants to support medical research that is right on the cusp of 21st Century science in a way that will directly impact patients could do no better than to back this campaign.
Cure Leukaemia’s unique model of patient central research has allowed leukaemia patients to access millions of pounds worth of the very latest treatments prior to their availability through standard care.
This model of accelerated access has saved lives, created jobs, driven inward investment, quickened the assessment of new therapies and provided an innovative blueprint for the treatment of many other diseases through the clinical trial process.
This is science of a level that changes mankind’s history on this planet. Blood cancer is right on the cusp of some real breakthroughs and by backing this campaign, Cure Leukaemia and the Centre for Clinical Haematology you will be making a direct impact helping hundreds of thousands of people today to live a better life and to avoid unnecessary suffering and death."
Many of you will have seen that our JustGiving campaign page was launched earlier today. This page not only allows direct donations to the appeal but will also track the progress of the appeal throughout the year.
So ALL JustGiving pages setup in 2017 whether for a marathon, skydive, cake bake or coffee morning will contribute towards the appeal. Every single event, big or small will help us reach this target so please consider playing your part this year.
There are hundred of ways in which YOU can help us in 2017 and we will bring you loads of ideas, events and experiences throughout the year. To kick things off we have listed some events below that you can get involved with right now. You are all part of the #CLFamily, play your part in the most important year in the charity’s history.
Saturday 4th March - Floyd Mayweather Las Vegas Ball
Thursday 6th April - Live Music Quiz
Sunday 30th April - Birmingham 10k
Saturday 24th June - Dragonboat Race
15th to 16th July - Race to the Stones
Multiple Dates - Skydiving
Sunday 24th September - Velo Birmingham
Friday 6th October - GPFNK
Sunday 15th October - Great Birmingham Run
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