Family-owned grocers, Booths are continuing their support of the charity by pledging to fund a Haematology Research Nurse at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals for the next two years.

The partnership will see Booths raise a minimum of £50,000 for two years through across a range of fundraising initiatives to benefit blood cancer patients across Lancashire and Cumbria.

Research Nurses help connect patients to potentially lifesaving medicine and their role in administering these trials is vital to developing effective new treatments for blood cancers.  As a result, patients have access to new treatments, allowing them access to lifesaving new therapies.

Booths have launched a major fundraising drive for Cure Leukaemia in preparation of this summer’s epic London to Paris cycle ride that will see 11 colleagues’ cycle 300 miles over 4 days from London to Paris, raising vital funds for charity.

The ride will be led by Booths Managing Director and cycling enthusiast Nigel Murray and Chairman Edwin Booth.  The cyclists, all colleagues or people with a close connection to Booths, come from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and ability all training and pedaling to help cancer patients access effective new treatments.

Dr Paul Cahalin, Consultant Haematologist, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals commented: “The benefits cannot be overstated. We can’t overstate how grateful we are to the Booths team, and the generosity of Booths customers. Raising money in the local communities where our patients live is important.”

“Accessing treatments locally helps patients and families lead more normal lives while they receive treatment, being nearer to home makes a real difference to their overall well-being and quality of life.”

“To have the ability to have an exclusively leukaemia-based nurse that is guaranteed for the next two years is wonderful and will not only improve the staffing levels within our research team but will give that security and understanding that leukaemia research is so integral to the work that we do here in Blackpool.”

Nigel Murray, Managing Director, Booths explained: Funding a local and dedicated leukaemia research nurse in Blackpool is something we are incredibly proud to do. Dedicated research nurses play such a vital role in medicine, their role in administering treatment, supporting the patients and giving wider and crucial insight in how a patient copes with treatment is invaluable.   

“We have been working with Cure Leukaemia for just over two years now and have seen first-hand, the incredible work that both the charity and the Research Nurses carry out across the country.” 

“Booths wants to make a difference for the local communities, working with the team at Blackpool hospital, not far from where the very first Booths store opened in 1847, is a way of giving back to the locality that has supported our business.

“The work of the leukaemia centre in Blackpool is both ground-breaking and resourceful and we are proud to be part of that work.” 

James McLaughlin, Chief Executive at Cure Leukaemia added, “We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Booths and are incredible excited about increasing Cure Leukaemia’s national footprint further with the addition of Blackpool Hospital.”

“The support of Booths has been invaluable to the charity over the last two years and we can’t thank Nigel, Edwin and their team enough. Dr Cahalin leads an inspiring team, who have proved they are experts in leading the way for clinical trials and AML treatments for blood cancer patients, and we are excited to see what they can achieve over the next two years across the Lancashire and Cumbria area.”

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