The Cure Leukaemia Experience

Faisal Karim


Hi I’m Faisal and I go to Ninestiles School. I’ve most recently embarked upon a work experience placement at Cure Leukaemia. Since, my cousin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia one and a half years ago I have developed a very personal interest in the subject and want to help fundraise towards the enhancement of treatments available for leukaemia patients. I found out about Cure Leukaemia through students at my school, who had previously attended a work experience placement here. They shared their view of the experience with me, and their comments were so positive and uplifting, that I was instantly persuaded to apply for a placement.

Anyway my week started with folding T-shirts… I know it sounds very interesting! But as we get closer to the Bupa Great Birmingham Run we’re starting to send out the technical running vests that Team CL will be wearing on the day. I’ve already witnessed the huge amount of effort and pride the staff at Cure Leukaemia put into their work and can see why the charity continues to go from strength to strength. So far my days have involved doing odd jobs around the office through which I have developed a healthy obsession with the shredding machine.

Nevertheless, it’s not all paper disposal work as I’ve also taken my first steps into the world of office coffee. I had no idea how to make coffee as my mum does everything for me at home. So I just went along with it and somehow managed to produce a coffee for every member of staff. I wonder if my coffee was the worst they’ve tasted because they didn’t look too keen drinking it. By the way, if you’re reading this, I’m very sorry for the bad coffee.

However, it’s not just coffee, typing and shredding all day and I’m enjoying my placement, as I work within a very supportive and friendly team, which consists of Ali, Joe, Jen, Cath & the marvellous Jackie, who if it wasn’t for I wouldn’t be here. I am really proud to be helping such a good cause and love every minute of the experience.

My Advice for anyone around 15-18 years old looking for some work experience is definitely consider Cure Leukaemia as you will gain a very valuable and worthwhile experience.

Go Team Cure Leukaemia!!!

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