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Birmingham students to battle it out with top University professors in charity football match

Emma Jane Jones
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08 Mar 2016

Birmingham University students and professors are preparing to go head to head at the university’s annual Staff versus Students football match on Thursday 17 March, to raise money for the UK’s leading blood cancer charity, Bloodwise.

 

Birmingham University students and professors are preparing to go head to head at the university’s annual Staff versus Students football match on Thursday 17 March, to raise money for the UK’s leading blood cancer charity, Bloodwise.

This year the students and professors will welcome blood cancer survivor and former England football star, Geoff Thomas onto the pitch to referee the match.  Supporters are invited to come and watch the glorious game and enjoy a selection of refreshments, with proceeds going to Bloodwise.

The event, which will take place on the Bournebrook AstroTurf pitches at 2pm, has been organised by the students of Birmingham’s Bioscience society, BioSoc.

Birmingham’s Biosoc Vice President and 3rd year Biosciences student, Pip Knowles said: “Each academic year the society selects a different charity to support and this year we have chosen Bloodwise. This decision was mainly inspired by a campaign that we have been running to encourage people to donate blood. The Staff versus Students football match is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and we encourage members of the public to come and support us”.

Birmingham is central to the life-saving work carried out by Bloodwise. Currently, the charity has £20 million invested in 32 different blood cancer research projects and clinical drugs trials in the city, including a trial to refine treatment to improve the quality of life for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The University of Birmingham coordinates our charity’s innovative Trials Acceleration Programme, which works to improve access to new drug treatments for blood cancer patients via a network of 13 hospitals across the country. 

We will welcome back a friendly face, Prof. Chris Bunce, a Professor at University of Birmingham and former Research Director at Bloodwise -“We are really excited about this year’s game. The event is always highly competitive but this year it will be even more exciting given that we have Geoff Thomas refereeing the event. It is also fantastic that the students have chosen to raise money for Bloodwise. The charity currently invests £20 million in Birmingham and it is a hugely significant site for groundbreaking research into blood cancer.”

If you would like to attend or show support for the event you can visit https://www.justgiving.com/Biosoc-Birmingham.