It was another afternoon to celebrate the fantastic fundraising of so many members of the Cure Leukaemia family at the annual CL Champions awards staged at Pentahotel in Birmingham.
Almost 100 guests enjoyed a great few hours looking back at some of the highlights of 2019, and paying tribute to the Cure Leukaemia supporters who continue to help underpin the charity’s progress.
Recently appointed Chairman Geoff Cousins also attended with wife Danielle, while, in their absence, there was a round of applause for departing Chairman Ian Allen and wife Sarah, who have made such a valuable contribution to the work of Cure Leukaemia in recent years.
A variety of awards were distributed with guests travelling from a considerable distance to attend and hear from Geoff, Cure Leukaemia co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock and CEO James McLaughlan.
The CEO award was presented to Mark Nicholas, a former patient who has been such a keen and loyal supporter of Cure Leukaemia since being treated for the disease during 2016 and 2017, including undergoing a stem cell transplant.
The #CLFamily award went to Dr Salim Shafeek, the Clinical Director of Haematology and Oncology at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, now in remission after being diagnosed with myeloma at the start of the year, but a constant support and inspiration across so many different fundraising events.
One of those events was the backing Dr Shafeek helped generate for his son Faheez, who took part in this year’s London to Paris cycle ride, raising over £20,000 which also secured the Individual Fundraiser Award.
The Go Archie team have produced some hugely impressive fundraising during 2019, raising over £40,000 for Cure Leukaemia, and the swimming the English Channel challenge undertaken by Lavington Chargers was named as Wackiest Fundraiser of the Year.
The many different people who have fundraised to show support for young Archie Stradling, now in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia last year, helped Go Archie to win the Team of the Year award.
Brother and sister Andy Berry and Vicky Newhouse won the Community Fundraiser award as a result of raising £4,500 from carrying out a series of challenges in memory of their Mum, whilst young Damien Seabridge, who showed great courage after breaking his arm taking part in the Aztec challenge, claimed the Young Fundraiser award.
Culture Recruitment were named as Corporate Supporter of the year with Caboodle and The Binding Site the other nominees.
And the fantastic Jane Young, mother of former patient Lizzie Dean, was named Volunteer of the Year following her incredible support of Cure Leukaemia during 2019.
There were also a number of Special Recognition awards distributed, to South & City College, Matalan, Mark Parkes, Steph and Derek Price, Kerrie Rowson, Sharon Baker, Brooke Evans, Phoebe and Charlie Piper, James Gittins, and the Rowan Ramble.
“We are always humbled by the support which we receive from everyone connected with the Cure Leukaemia family, who do so much to change the lives of so many people who fight this horrible disease,” said Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin.
“The annual awards is an event which sums up everything which Cure Leukaemia is all about, from the happiness and joy of spending time together, to being inspired by so many courageous stories from patients and fundraisers.
“I just want to once again thank everyone who spends so much time and effort in supporting Cure Leukaemia, which we will never take for granted.
“We need that backing more than ever as we move into an exciting period of the charity’s history, when together we are going to be able to help more and more patients across the country and give clinicians more opportunities to find a cure for blood cancers in the coming years.”
The CL Champions awards, which took place last Friday, were only made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from OWB, Culture, Silks, Rewired, Primitivo, Equilibrium, Orega and KPMG.
Thanks also to Penta for hosting the event.
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