Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September will be the busiest in Cure Leukaemia’s history with a host of fundraising events, big and small taking place between now and the 30th.
Cure Leukaemia are also urging the Midlands to get involved in any way they can in this year’s ‘Just One More’ campaign which aims to raise at least £40,000 which is enough to fund a specialist research nurse for one year. The ethos behind this campaign has always been that great things can be achieved if many can give a little and the charity are hoping the Midlands does what it can to raise ‘Just One More’ £.
This year’s campaign has added significance for Cure Leukaemia with the charity’s £1m appeal to expand the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.
All funds raised throughout September will go towards this £3.2m project which has already had a grant of over £2m from the Local Growth Fund. Once completed the Centre will have double the capacity for patients, clinical trials and specialist research nurse positions.
Look out for stories from patients that have and will directly benefit from the expanded Centre. Read Marie's emotional account of her battle HERE and watch Lizzie's story below:
September's Calendar Of Events
Huge Wolves fan Steve Plant, who has already raised over £13,000 through a 24-hour penalty shoot-out in support of the Club’s goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, has organised a family day at Molineux’s WV1 suite to raise further funds for Cure Leukaemia. For more information click HERE
Cure Leukaemia are delighted to have been chosen by the Steve Bull Foundation as one of the charities to benefit from its annual ball at the ICC in Birmingham. The legendary Wolves striker has also been instrumental in helping Steve Plant make his fundraising to date a huge success. Book your tickets HERE
Former Crystal Palace, Wolves and England footballer, blood cancer survivor and Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas and three amateur cyclists; Doug McKinnon, James Maltin and Hayden Groves will complete the truly epic 3 Tours Challenge. They will have cycled the Giro D’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta, consecutively, a feat only a handful professionals have taken on. In terms of distance they will have cycled from Birmingham to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam – that’s over 10,000km. To make a donation to this truly amazing team of cyclists click HERE.
They complete their epic journey in Madrid on Saturday September 9th.
We are thrilled to be one of the official charities for the annual East End Foods Gala Dinner which will be held at The Vox, Resorts World on this date. It is sure to be a fantastic night and every penny will go towards our £1m Centre Appeal. To book your table email email@example.com.
The Ben Corfield Football Fund are holding a special concert featuring 80’s icon Nik Kershaw at Oakengates Theatre in Telford to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia. Tickets are still available HERE.
This is Cure Leukaemia’s official sky diving day when brave fundraisers taking to the skies to raise funds including Holly Burns who has already raised over £500! You can sponsor her HERE
To celebrate the 3 Tours Challenge Team’s amazing achievement Crystal Palace Football Club are honouring their former captain Geoff Thomas at the Eagles’ Premier League home match against Southampton. The game, which will be live on TV, will have a host of fundraising activities taking place around Selhurst Park with all funds going towards the 3 Tours Challenge fundraising total. Text CPFC08 £5 to 70070 to make a donation or visit the team's justgiving page HERE.
This will be one of the biggest days in the charity’s history. Over 600 cyclists are riding the inaugural 100-mile cycling sportive, Velo Birmingham for Cure Leukaemia and raising vital funds towards the £1m Appeal. There are a number of well-known faces in the team including Geoff Thomas, professional cyclist Jess Varnish, her mother and her father who is a former lymphoma patient, the BBC’s sports editor Dan Roan, England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd and former footballers Darren Purse and Darren Moore.
Amongst the famous faces are key figures from the charity including co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock CBE, CEO James McLaughlin, Trustees Dr Guy Pratt and Greg Lowson and clinician Sridhar Chaganti. Employees from Interclass, the company who are carrying out the Centre expansion are also riding.
Many of the riders have personal reasons for taking on the 100-mile route too. Mark Nicholas has CML and will be undergoing major treatment just two weeks after the event! Read his story HERE. Paul Skipp was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 and he is passionate about raising funds for the Centre Appeal. Read his story HERE.
The last Friday in September is always the day the charity aim to engage as many people as possible and this year we have something a bit different planned! All will be revealed soon but Cure Leukaemia are also keen for people to start organising their own events: Wear Red Days, Cake Bakes, Raffles, sponsored silence … the choice is yours!
CL Champions Awards
Nominations are now open for our CL Champions Awards which will be announced on Friday 15th December at Hotel du Vin Birmingham. If you’d like to make a nomination you can do so HERE
Tell us what you are doing!
If you would like to raise funds in September please do get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0121 236 9202. No matter how big or small your event is we want to hear about it because ‘Just One More’ is all about everyone doing what they can to raise £40,000.
If you would like a fundraising pack or some of our merchandise available let us know!
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017