The fundraising total from the BUPA Great Birmingham Run has now reached £115,000 and we can now announce the results from the Head2Head challenge between Team Red and Team White.
Team White were overall winners on the day winning three of the four accolades. They secured the best average time of two hours fourteen minutes compared to Red’s two hours sixteen minutes. White team member Andy Peat was first to finish with a fantastic time of one hour thirteen minutes and Annie Woodhouse with a time of two hours two minutes was the highest individual fundraiser with £2524.
Team Red did secure perhaps the most significant victory from the event with the highest fundraising amount, a magnificent £61,484.19 to Team White’s equally impressive £54,069.29.
Andy Peat, who works for Cure Leukaemia’s charity partner Deloitte in their Nottingham offices, was delighted to lead the White team in:
“I've always been a keen runner but have never represented a charity before so to have been the first to finish the BUPA Great Birmingham Run for Team Cure Leukaemia is a great honour. My mother died from this terrible disease last year and I know the tremendous work that Cure Leukaemia are doing to combat the illness so it made perfect sense to raise funds for the charity. It was a special event to be a part of and I hope many more people will consider raising money for the Cure Leukaemia in the future.”
Annie Woodhouse from Shrewsbury, whose nephew Jack (pictured with Annie) suffers from leukaemia, was also thrilled to have raised such an amazing figure:
"When my four-year-old nephew Jack was diagnosed with leukaemia it came as a huge shock to myself and my family but through the amazing work done by Cure Leukaemia Jack, along with many other patients, has the chance to fight for his life. For that reason I ran for Cure Leukaemia and I'm delighted to have been able to raise the highest individual figure and do my bit to help the charity."
The half marathon, which has been the charity’s largest fundraiser to date, will allow Cure Leukaemia to fund vital new specialist nurses across the region to administer potentially live saving clinical drugs trials to terminally ill leukaemia patients. Supporters included teams from Deloitte, the West Midlands Fire Service, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, OGL computer and Cure Leukaemia’s specialist nurses and patients.
James McLaughlin, Cure Leukaemia CEO, said:
“Last year we had 25 runners and we raised £8,000. This year we wanted to improve on that figure but we could never have imagined the tremendous support and enthusiasm from our runners and fundraisers who took to the streets that weekend. To put it in perspective, the Highgate Firefighters raised over £8,000 themselves and for us to achieve a figure in excess of £115,000 this year really has been beyond our wildest expectations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to Team Cure Leukaemia, you all made it a day that will live long in the memory.”
This figure will continue to rise as the sponsorship money keeps coming in so please continue to collect every single penny as it will make such a difference to so many lives. And don't forget to collect Gift Aid with any donations, here's a short video to explain more about Gift Aid:
If you would like to show you support and run for us next year then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 236 9202.