Birmingham charity Cure Leukaemia is doubling funding for vital research nurses following a record financial year.
The £250,000 cash boost in the fight to beat the killer disease was revealed as the charity prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. The record 12 months was boosted by Cure Leukaemia’s successful partnership with BBC Radio WM, which resulted in over £100,000 being raised through the Red Alert Appeal.
The record year has enabled Cure Leukaemia to support additional research posts at Birmingham Children’s Hospital over the next two years, allowing trials into drugs and treatment to continue.
James McLaughlin, chief executive of Cure Leukaemia, 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 Haemotology.”
Professor Charles Craddock, Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at the QE Hospital, said: “Securing such a significant increase in funding will make a real difference to the lives of leukaemia patients.
“The maths is simple: the more money we can raise, the more nurses we can fund, the more lives we can save.”