Supporters of Cure Leukaemia have the chance to display a lasting reminder of their backing for the charity by funding a plaque for the new ‘Cure Leukaemia Family Wall’ at the Centre for Clinical Haematology.
In 2017, Cure Leukaemia raised an additional £1million to help fund the Centre’s expansion, based at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the new wall is being installed as a celebration of the successful appeal and the globally significant work which continues to take place at the ground-breaking facility.
There will be 1,000 spaces for ‘Donate Your Name’ plaques, allowing members of the public to include their name and/or short message on the wall, and monies raised from the donations will fund a specialist research nurse for one year.
The new fundraising campaign follows the ‘Donate Your Name’ T-shirts for Cure Leukaemia, initially launched with a running shirt in 2016, which marked the 10th anniversary of the Centre’s opening.
England cricketers donating their names in 2016
A similar shirt in Wolves FC colours was then produced to show support for the club’s goalkeeper Carl Ikeme during his recent battle with leukaemia, followed by a Crystal Palace version to support Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas, who has undertaken many different fundraising challenges and raised thousands of pounds since being diagnosed with the disease 15 years ago.
Current Watford and former England goalkeeper Ben Foster, previously with West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City, is a regular supporter of Cure Leukaemia’s fundraising initiatives and was one of the first to purchase a plaque.
Those who also decide to join this fundraising initiative can donate either their name, the name of a loved one, their family name or even a thank you to a nurse or doctor for either a one or three-year period, after which they will have the opportunity to keep the plaque in place with a further donation.
Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin says:
“Our latest fundraiser follows previous successful Donate Your Name campaigns which had support from England cricketers Joe Root and Moeen Ali, all the major Midlands football clubs, a Wolves shirt in support of Carl Ikeme, and most recently a Crystal Palace shirt which was backed by manager Roy Hodgson.
“This is yet another vital campaign for Cure Leukaemia, celebrating the expansion of the Centre for Clinical Haematology.
“By donating their name for a plaque for either a one or three-year period, supporters will not only fund a specialist Cure Leukaemia research nurse, but will also be showing their all year round support for the thousands of visitors to the Centre, including patients, their friends and family, and the amazing nurses and clinicians who work there.”
Debs Harkins, from North Worcestershire, is now in remission having undergone chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at the Centre for Clinical Haematology since being diagnosed with AML in January, 2016.
“So many inspiring people did so many amazing things for the Cure Leukaemia £1 million Centre appeal to enable even more people to access potentially life-saving treatments.
“As a patient that has benefitted from treatment trial funded by Cure Leukaemia, I’m really pleased that supporters will have their names on the wall of the new Centre that they made happen.”
Julie Payne, whose husband Barrie passed away in March of last year having first been diagnosed with AML in 2001, believes the new ‘Cure Leukaemia Family Wall’ is a great idea.
“This is a fantastic idea, and is definitely something I will be getting involved in, by having a plaque on the wall to remember Barrie,” says Julie.
“The dedication and treatment he received from Professor Craddock and his team gave us so many more years with Barrie, and we all remain so grateful for that care.
“I can still remember chatting to Charlie in the old hospital before Cure Leukaemia had been formed, and him being so pleased that he had managed to secure support from Advantage West Midlands to get the original Centre built.
“Since then it has helped so many patients like Barrie, and the funds raised by the new Family Wall will give hope and a chance to so many more people in the future.”
There are three donation options for those wishing to fund a plaque:
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