Birmingham-based Cure Leukaemia has announced record financial results that will see the charity double the amount of funding for research nurses in the West Midlands.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Cure Leukaemia part-finances the world class Centre for Clinical Haematology at QE Hospital Birmingham and funds life-saving clinical trials to treat terminally ill leukaemia patients across the region.
The record year was boosted by Cure Leukaemia’s successful partnership with BBC WM which resulted in excess of £100,000 being raised through the station’s Red Alert Appeal.
The strong results have also enabled Cure Leukaemia to support additional research posts at Birmingham Children’s Hospital over the next two years, enabling the hospital to continue vital trials into new leukaemia drugs and treatments. The charity has also launched its new campaign, Cure Leukaemia for Kids, which was selected as one of the major causes to benefit from Free Radio’s Walk for Kids in May 2013.
Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia, James McLaughlin said: “Over the past 10 years, Cure Leukaemia has succeeded in developing a strong base of support across the local community, corporate sector and wider regional and national institutions. This has enabled us to leverage over £21 million of life saving drugs and helped support over 30,000 patients through the Centre for Clinical Haematology.
“2012 saw us build on this success by developing partnerships with key organisations and businesses including BBC WM, Aston Villa Football Club, Warwickshire County Cricket Club and the Institute of Asian Businesses.
“It’s incredibly heartening to achieve such strong financial results during another difficult year for the economy. 2013 is set to be even bigger and better for the charity, as we launch Cure Leukaemia for Kids and roll out a series of fundraising activities to celebrate our 10th birthday.”
Professor Charles Craddock added: “Securing such a significant increase in funding will make a real difference to the lives of leukaemia patients. The maths is quite simple: the more money we can raise, the more nurses we can fund, the more lives we can save.
“We would like to thank everyone who has played a part in this success, from our army of community fundraisers to the regional businesses that continue to support our work.”
To find out more about Cure Leukaemia visit www.cureleukaemia.co.uk