Three leading Midlands businessmen who took on the 100km Dixons Carphone Race To The Stones in July, have raised nearly £6,000 towards Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Appeal to expand the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s QE Hospital.
Partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards Clive Read, solicitor at Shakespeare Martineau Josh Hartle, Deputy Chief Executive at Coventry City Council Martin Yardley and his teenage son Tom walked the 100km route in under 19 hours. The event took place along Britain’s oldest road ‘The Ridgeway’ and had ultra marathon runners, experienced walkers and beginners all taking part and Cure Leukaemia will again be an official charity partner of the growing fundraising event in 2018.
The team were inspired to take on this gruelling challenge for Cure Leukaemia after they met 49-year-old Deborah Harkins from Belbroughton in Worcestershire. Deborah, who is Director of Public Health in Dudley, had acute myeloid leukaemia and is treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by Cure Leukaemia co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and Dr. Sandeep Nagra, whose position is funded by the charity. Deborah, who has been given access to a groundbreaking treatment for her condition in the ‘FIGARO’ clinical trial thanks to Cure Leukaemia’s funding, said:
“A few days after Clive and the team completed their challenge I celebrated my 1 year anniversary since my transplant to combat AML.
This world leading treatment I have had access to was made possible thanks to Cure Leukaemia and without it, I would probably not be here now.
“Much like the team I love my walking too and I am currently 900 miles into my target to walk 1000 miles in 2017 but I’m not quite ready to take on 100km in 24 hours yet!
I’m incredibly grateful to Clive, Josh, Martin and Tom for taking this on and raising funds for a very special charity.”
All funds raised by the team will help Cure Leukaemia reach the additional £1m required to fund the Centre’s expansion. Once completed, the Centre’s capacity for blood cancer patients, specialist staff and pioneering clinical trials will be doubled. The £6,000 would fund a new specialist treatment chair and associated equipment that would help treat up to 16 patients on a daily basis in the new Centre.
Clive Read, who assembled the team for the challenge, is delighted with their fundraising:
“This was a proper challenge for mind and body and an incredibly demanding event. We were very proud to have been able to support Cure Leukaemia and raise so much for what will be a groundbreaking and life changing Centre.”
Not only will Cure Leukaemia be an official charity partner for this event again in 2018 but next year the charity will be a partner of the Heineken Race to the Tower from 9-10 June. For more information on these events click HERE.
To take part in the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones for Cure Leukaemia from 14-15 July 2018 click HERE.
To take part in the Heineken Race to the Tower for Cure Leukaemia click HERE.
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