Throughout the month of September, we are once again encouraging our supporters and the wider public to help us raise £40,000 during Blood Cancer Awareness month!
Keep up to date with what's going on during the month through our LIVE updates below that will be updated each day! Get involved by tweeting @CureLeukaemia using #J1M or send us your pictures and fundraising plans to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forgotten to wear your red piece of clothing today? Fear not - you can still help us reach the magic £40,000 target to fund 'Just One More' nurse by sponsoring one!!
The wonderful Donna Walsh is jumping out of a plane on Sunday for Cure Leukaemia and you can sponsor her by clicking HERE. Donna is doing this in memory of one of her patients called James Cunningham who sadly passed away earlier this summer. James (pictured with Donna below) loved the charity and before he died convinced friends, family members and Donna to do a skydive. Due to bad weather, Donna's jump has be rescheduled for Sunday - please show your support.
Donna's heartfelt reason for doing this is beautifully written by her on the JustGiving page - please take a few moments to read it HERE.
FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER - 11.15AM
Right folks, here we go then. The last day of Blood Cancer Awareness Month and 'Wear Red Day.' Loads of people are wearing red for us today - please send in your photos and you may make it onto here!
Thursday 29th September - 2.45pm
Some of you might have seen there is a certain cycling event that has gone live for Cure Leukaemia in the last 24 hours and this has kept the CL office very busy! However, we are all set for 'Wear Red Day' which is tomorrow. It's not too late to get involved because it is very, very easy to do so!
Simply inform your staff, pupils, teachers, teammates, girlfriends, boyfriends, dads, mums, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents, neices, nephews and cousins to wear a RED PIECE OF CLOTHING TOMORROW. Hopefully they will all agree to this and hopefully they will also agree to donate £1 to Cure Leukaemia for doing so. So simple, but potentially so effective.
Help us make Friday Sepetmber 30th a red day and finish Blood Cancer Awareness Month off with bang. Tomorrow's fundraising could determine whether we have helped fund 'Just One More' nurse again this year. Send us your pictures using the hashtag #J1M or #WearRedDay and please have fun!
Tuesday 27th September - 9.50am
Morning all, bikes have been very much part of Cure Leukaemia's fundraising in recent years and we have had some bike-related fundraising for 'Just One More' this month.
Our friends at Crown Computing encouraged clients of theirs to ride a static bike at a recent convention to raise funds and in total £500 was raised for us. Thanks to all involved and to read more click HERE
Right, you're up-to-date, for now! I should just say though that our very own nurse Donna Walsh is yet to do her skydive in memory of James, and, weather permitting she will do so on Sunday October 2nd (next weekend). Donna was James' nurse and they were both central to our first ever 'Just One More' campaign this time last year. Donna's fundraising page can be found HERE and it is one of the most beautifully written JustGiving pages I have ever read. Donna has raised over £1,300 so far.
I'll be honest here - I'm struggling to keep up with all of this. It is so fantastic to see so many people fundraising for us during blood cancer awareness month and this weekend saw 3 wonderful folk jump out of a plane to raise funds! David, Kimberley and Carl all completed their postponed jumps on Saturday in memory of James Cunningham. David is pictured below and to make a donation click on the respective names here: David, Kimberley, Carl
It's 22 minutes since the last piece of good news I gave you so high time for some more don't you think? On Friday last week staff from Shropshire firm Paveaways embarked on a walk from Knockin to Tywyn on the Welsh coast in fancy dress to raise funds in support of their colleague Neil Holding who was diagnosed with ALL earlier this year. They all completed the 80+ mile walk on Sunday and they have currently raised over £12,000 for Cure Leukaemia - a phenomenal effort. You can still donate to their cause HERE
Who wants some more good news? You do? Excellent, here is some more for you. Our wonderful charity partner Malmaison Birmingham has been fundraising all through September and last Friday all the staff stepped back in time and donned 1950's attire for the day. Well done all, more on costumes later.
The good news keeps on coming - over £400 was raised at Alan Hyatt's birthday party this month and the Hyatt's were delighted to give the cheque to Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin at their beloved Edgbaston.
We wondered whether Adam and co could beat the total raised in 2014 and along with 24 fellow firefighters and 25 paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity that is exactly what they have done! 50 consecutive hours running in a human hamster wheel and over £8,800 raised for two fantastic charities. Thank you to everybody involved with making it possible and if you would like to donate to the cause click HERE. Well done guys and gals!
Monday 26th September - 11.17am
Morning all, by looking at this blog you would be forgiven for thinking last week was a quiet one but there is A LOT to catch up on so here goes...
Monday 19th September - 10.36am
It was no normal weekend for Cure Leukaemia ambassador Adam Joyce who led his team of 50 firefighters and paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance in the 50-hour Human Hamster Wheel! A huge thank you to everyone who took part and donated - we'll bring you a final total soon.
A massive thank you to our friends at Brewin Dolphin who are supporting the 50 fire fighters and paramedics this weekend taking part in the Human Hamster Wheel challenge - Brewin Dolphin met Adam Joyce through London 2 Paris in May and were inspired by his personal story!
Friday 16th September - 09:07am
It's the start of a busy weekend and the 'Just One More' campaign as former patient and Cure Leukaemia Ambassador, Adam Joyce, leads a team of 50 fire fighters and paramedics as they run on a Human Hamster Wheel for 50 consecutive hours from this evening at 5pm through to Sunday evening at 7pm!
Wow, what a fantastic first half of Blood Cancer Awareness Month - so far YOU fantastic fundraisers have raised £22,890 meaning we're on track to fund a nurse for a year!
We are holding a one-off FLASH SALE at Cure Leukaemia HQ, giving you the chance to purchase your very own Cure Leukaemia red or white t-shirt for just £5! Check out the full story and how to order here: http://cureleukaemia.co.uk/page/news/279/flash-sale-get-your-own-cure-leukaemia-merchandise
Thursday 15th September - 9:10am
Good morning! Today we are half way through Blood Cancer Awareness Month and our 'Just One More' campaign - later on we'll bring you our current total in the aim to reach £40,000...
A huge thank you to leukaemia patient John Lovell - after being treated by Cure Leukaemia funded nurse, Donna Walsh, John and his family held an Elvis tribute night which raised £400. Fun fact, John and Donna were also recently interviewed on BBC Midlands Today!
Wednesday 14th September - 12:03pm
It's been a busy day at Cure Leukaemia HQ - tomorrow marks the halfway mark of Blood Cancer Awareness Month so we'll be giving you an updated total of how much money we have currently raised through the 'Just One More' campaign!
Wow, what can we say...well done to the fantastic team of skdivers today!
However, it was straight back down to earth for the team from OGL Computers!
The first of our skydivers have landed! A huge well done to the team of 4 from our friends at OGL Computer who navigated their way down safely from 13,000 feet!
Don't forget, if you're near the Mailbox in Birmingham, why not pop in to Malmaison for one of their special Sicilian cocktails with £1 from each sale going to Cure Leukaemia!
British Weather 1 - 1 Skydivers!
We weren't to be beat by the British weather - 12 of our 16 skydivers are back at Hinton Airfield this morning to complete their skydive from 13,000 feet...and just look at the weather!
Wednesday 13th September - 9:06am
A massive thank you to the West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory who are based within the Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust - they've got their donation boxes out for Blood Cancer Awareness Month!
It was a succesful day of fundraising at Kings Heath Cricket Club yesterday! Headed up by Cure Leukaemia supporter James Gittins, the club raised £1,129 in memory of Andy Payne who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh mysterious girllll - oops, we got carried away there but it's not everyday that a global superstar stops for a picture to promote Blood Cancer Awareness Month and that's exactly what Peter Andre did when he was visited by leukaemia patient Fiona Codd and her friend Jess Hempshall! Earlier this year, Jess did her own fundraising for Cure Leukaemia when she raised £500 cutting off her hair!
Monday 12th September - 9:46am
British weather 1 - 0 Skydivers!
The rain, wind and cloud proved too much this weekend as the group skydive was unfortunatelly cancelled at 3pm in the afternoon despite our best efforts! However, the skydivers will return to Hinton airfield on Tuesday to try again - with the weather set to be sunny at 30 degrees!
One of our most iconic fundraisers, James Gittins, will be fundraising at Kings Heath Cricket Club this Sunday at their Family Fun Day to raise money in memory of Andy Payne who sadly died following his battle with leukaemia earlier this year. Andy was at the forefront of our Great Birmingham Run campaign and all of the money raised on Sunday will go towards his son, Tom, and his fundraising for the Great Birmingham Run on October 16th.
Ryan Gardner is braving the shave tomorrow as he is shaving his head to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia. Currently at £124, let's get behind Ryan and help him raise as much money as possible! http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RyanGardner1
Today is a big day for Simon Rooke - he begins an epic cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats along with 49 of his colleagues from Balfour Beatty. Simon will cover 969 miles on the bike and has currently raised £ for his three chosen charities: Cure Leukaemia, Building Better Futures and the RNLI - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SimonRooke
Great to see that leukaemia patient Brooke Evans will be one of our volunteers at Worcester Warriors this evening! In September 2013 Brooke was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of 17 - now 20, Brooke received treatment from Cure Leukaemia and is currently studying to be a student nurse at the University Of Worcester, hoping that one day she too can give life saving treatment to others.
As you may know, Worcester Warriors Community Foundation have chosen to support Cure Leukaemia through their #LeadTheWay campaign and tonight is their first fundraiser! Worcester Warriors take on Gloucester Rugby LIVE on BT Sport 1 tonight and Cure Leukaemia will have volunteers collecting around the ground plus watch out for our logo on screen thanks to our friends at Elonex!
A massive thank you to all those who took part in the Brewin Dolphin Football Tournament last night at Star City, Birmingham. The event will raise almost £3,000 for Cure Leukaemia and congratulations to this year's winners, Fidelity!
Friday 9th September - 9am
It's all set to be a busy day here on the live blog today - we have lots of news to bring you!
In less than 48 hours, 16 thrill-seeking fundraisers will have fallen 13,000 feet from the sky raising over £6,000 for Cure Leukaemia and the Just One More campaign!
Thursday 8th September - 13:49pm
This evening our friends at Brewin Dolphin will get in on the action for 'Just One More' as they hold a 5-a-side football tournament at Star City, Birmingham. Last year the tournament was won by our other friends at Purity Brewing Co so I'm sure they will be keen to retain their title!
Wednesday 7th September - 14:15pm
Iain Morrison has been challenged by his colleagues to give up alcohol for the month of September to try and raise more money than his colleagues! He is doing it all for 5 year old Euan who is currently undergoing his own very brave battle with leukaemia - #getwellsooneuan
It is great when patients get involved with fundraising during #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth and we have a number of patients doing their bit for #J1M this year. One involves Elvis Presley, one involves a paracute and another involves a human sized #HamsterWheel:
Tuesday 6th September 9.30am
Cure Leukaemia collections boxes are being requested and are popping up across the region now to support #J1M! Thanks to Equilibrium Security
Huge thank you to everyone involved in the Annual Pudleston Horse show in Shropshire! Here is the winner chosen by our very own head judge Jennie!
Monday 5th September 9.30am
Well done to our great friends at The Binding Site! Over 30 staff took part in the Wolf Run on Saturday. I'm sure we will bring you some very muddy photos in due course!
More great support from our partner Succeed Ltd - thanks everyone!
The lovely baristas at Starbucks in the Mailbox are wearing their pyjamas to raise funds today. No sleeping on the job though ladies!
Bobby: "My personal 'fine' was for doing impersonations, I do a very good Andy Murray even though I say so myself!
However, I never realised how often I did them until it cost me £1 every time!!"
The Cure Leukaemia office are practicising what we preach this year!
We will each 'Give something up' for the month and pop the money in a collection box.
It's simple but will not only raise money but might shed a few pounds too!
Friday 2nd September 9.13am
Yesterday we brought you the news of luxury hotels Malmaison and Hotel du Vin in Birmingham going Head to Head to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia! Well this morning, Malmaison has kicked off their fundraising ideas with the launch of a new 'Sicilian' cocktail with £1 from each sale going to Cure Leukaemia!
Luxury Birmingham Hotels, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin are engaging in some friendly rivalry to raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia. Our latest Corporate Partners are going #Head2Head during #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth to see who can raise the most funds for 'Just One More!'
From velvet cupcakes in the bar and manicure and pedicure treatments in the spa, read how they are doing this HERE.
Our friends at Rewired PR are some of the first to share their 'Just One More' plans on Twitter this morning! Natalie Merrix and Lisa O'Keeffe shared pictures of their Cure Leukaemia donation boxes as their office adopts a fines system for the month of September...good luck!
Thursday 1st September - 9am
Earlier this summer, almost 200 city professionals battled it out along the Birmingham and Worcester canal in Chinese longboats at the 17th annual Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race.
Beating all previous years, participants – including headline sponsor, Deutsche Ban – raised a staggering £70,374; enough to fund a specialist research nurse for 18 months.
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017