Cure Leukaemia unveils 100 supporter plaques for World Blood Cancer Day


To mark World Blood Cancer Day Cure Leukaemia has unveiled a wall of plaques to the primary a hundred supporters who have ‘donated their name’.

The wall of plaques is at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, a globally widespread website online of leukaemia research.

The Cure Leukaemia Family wall allows supporters of the charity to display an enduring reminder in their backing for the charity by way of buying a plaque, with the aim of funding an expert research nurse for twelve months. These nurses connect blood cancer sufferers, which have exhausted standard remedy with doubtlessly life-saving capsules via clinical trials. Many of the one hundred plaques already donated are from sufferers or households which have benefitted from these treatments.

Donate a call

Plaques are to be had for supporters to donate their name, the call of a cherished one, or maybe a thanks to a nurse or health practitioner. They can choose to donate the call for a one or three-yr period, after which they will have the opportunity to preserve the plaque in a region with an also donation.

The donor wall turned into designed by Creative business enterprise OWB Creative, which additionally subsidized 20 plaques in the names of personnel that paintings at the ground ground of the Centre.

Well-regarded donors who have donated their names include Watford goalkeeper and Cure Leukaemia Patron Ben Foster, ex-England and Wolves footballer, Patron and former affected person Geoff Thomas and Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Paul Faulkner who is also a Trustee of the charity.

Messages of desire and memory
Lizzie Dean and Cure Leukaemia nurse Donna Walsh front with plaques donors behind them outdoor the Centre

Many human beings have selected to recall a family member on wall, together with John Bray, from the BBC, whose plaque in reminiscence of his father reads: ‘Clive Bray – our unique Wolves fan’.

Several former leukaemia patients have also bought plaques, along with Jenna Ostrowski, whose reads ‘Eternally grateful’; ‘CL You Saved Me’ from Brooke Evans, and ‘Forever thankful’ from Jaymz Goodman.

Jane Young donated in her daughter’s call with the message: ‘Thank you for mending Lizzie Dean’.

Cure Leukaemia Chairman Ian Allen and his spouse Sarah have donated as has the charity’s Co-Founder Graham Silk, a former patient himself, whose plaque references Julie Arrazi, the primary ever nurse funded with the aid of Cure Leukaemia who handled him.

Other key supporters have donated their call, including Doug McKinnon, with the Latin words ‘Non desistas non exieris’ (‘Never deliver
up, in no way surrender’).

As nicely as support from Wolverhampton Wanderers players and personnel, Wolves’ fans are also in evidence amongst the plaques.

Mick Goater and CL Champion Jess Hempshall have donated and travelled all the manner from Yorkshire to seem inside the photo. Jess stated:
“The charity saved the existence of my buddy Fiona so I was most effective too glad to donate. I truly hope humans fill the wall as quickly as possible due to the fact these great nurses are saving lives and it’s far remarkable to play your part.”

Running blouse stimulated the concept

The concept for the wall of plaques got here from going for walks shirts Cure Leukaemia produced in 2016 which had been protected with donated names and this changed into accompanied with a special Wolves shirt in assist of Carl Ikeme and a Crystal Palace blouse in guide of Geoff Thomas.

Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin, who has himself donated a plaque said:

“We noticed how popular the Donate Your Name idea become with the shirts and we felt the version may also transfer to a wall at the Centre. Once this wall is filled it’ll fund one of our nurses and the hope is that it’s going to continue to be complete indefinitely and offer a form of regular donation for Cure Leukaemia.”

There are 1,000 spaces for ‘Donate Your Name’ plaques, and three alternatives for donating:

A one-off donation of £150 for three years
Three separate £50 donations totalling £one hundred fifty unfold over three years
A £sixty five donation for 365 days, with the choice to resume in 2020.