September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and our campaign for this year focusses on regular donations and how vital they will be to sustain the charity as it spreads nationwide from January 2020. Our CEO James McLaughlin explains how vital this campaign is and how you can secure your plaque at the Centre for Clinical Haematology by donating just £5 per month to Cure Leukaemia. Read and print our new leaflet which explains the campaign HERE.
You may have seen that we recently made the exciting announcement that from January 2020 we will commit to the funding of specialist Cure Leukaemia Research Nurses at 12 blood cancer centres across the United Kingdom.
Such a commitment will see us provide funding of £3,000,000 over a three-year period into the nationally recognised Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP). This vital programme via the 12 centres will enable blood cancer patients to access potentially life-saving treatments through pioneering clinical trials.
To be able to ‘go national’ and in turn help more patients than have before has only been made possible due to the amazing generosity of people like yourself and the rest of our ever growing ‘CL Family.’
Having been the proud CEO of Cure Leukaemia for the last seven years it has been so inspiring to meet many patients who have shown immense bravery and courage to overcome this horrible illness and I remain in awe of these people and the clinicians who are pushing the boundaries day in day out to ultimately find a cure for all blood cancers.
What is also extremely exciting is that all the clinicians we speak to feel like the next ten years will see even more significant progress and recently Professor Peter Hillmen, a consultant haematologist and Chair of the TAP’s steering committee, said
“I think that we are on the threshold of cure for many of our diseases and the quicker we get there the better for all patients suffering from blood cancers.”
Furthermore, Cure Leukaemia’s co-founder and figurehead Professor Charlie Craddock CBE believes that effective treatments for all forms of blood cancer can be found within the next 15 years with continued investment in initiatives such as the TAP network.
We remain passionate and committed to playing a leading role in ultimately finding a cure for all blood cancers and as we head into Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September we are once again staging one of our biggest annual fundraising events – the 500km London to Paris cycle ride and a major abseil challenge while others are organising football matches and tournaments, golf days, bake sales, car washes, pub quizzes and so much more.
Such events are fantastic, and always so greatly appreciated, but we are mindful that many of our fundraisers may not have the time to participate in or organise an event of this type.
We are also extremely conscious that many find it difficult or awkward to continually ask the same friends, family and work colleagues for sponsorship and donations.
Whilst we have progressed considerably in the last few years, we are still a relatively small charity and one of the major ongoing issues we faceis that we have very little in the form of regular monthly donations and, as a result, we our currently too over-reliant on event-led fundraising.
Regular donations are the bedrock for major well-known and nationally recognised charities such as Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Care, NSPCC to name but a few and to enable us to provide long-term funding for the work of Professors Craddock, Hillmen etc it is vital that we find new ways to secure fundraising on a monthly basis.
With this in mind, I am writing to you to highlight two options where I hope you and/or your friends, family and colleagues can possibly help us without the need to run, cycle, abseil or bake cakes!
Option 1 – Donate £5 a month
If 1,000 members of the ‘CL Family’ were able to generously donate £5 per month in the next 12 months, we would immediately be able to commit to the funding of a new Cure Leukaemia nurse.
This new Cure Leukaemia nurse will allow new clinical trials to be opened and give more patients access to potentially life-saving treatments.
By donating £5 a month you will receive your own plaque, in recognition of your generosity, where you can display your name or message on the ‘Cure Leukaemia Family Wall situated in the Clinical Centre for Haematology (CCH) at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This wall is seen by thousands of patients and visitors to the CCH every year.
Option 2 - Donate Your Name
If you would like to secure your plaque on the ‘Cure Leukaemia Family Wall’ without committing to a regular £5 monthly donation you can do so as part of our ‘Donate Your Name’ campaign.
You can purchase a plaque at £65 for one year or £50 per year for three years and all funds raised will help fund more Cure Leukaemia nurses.
Over the last few years, I have seen, first-hand, the devastating impact the disease has had on these people and their families. However, what has been simply inspirational is how they have all fought back to full health and are now back working and living their lives to the full.
The patients you see and hear from on this website are all living proof of the amazing progress that is being made in the battle against blood cancer and if you are able to support us via one of the two options above, you will be donating safe in the knowledge that you are directly helping to save more lives whilst also helping clinicians across the UK in their quest to find an ultimate cure for this indiscriminate disease.
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