Bloodwise announced as one of Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s charities of the year
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice, has chosen Bloodwise as one of his charities of 2016/17. The announcement came after a recent visit by the Lord Mayor to the University of Birmingham, to understand the work of researchers funded by Bloodwise
We are really delighted that the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice, has chosen Bloodwise as one of his charities of 2016/17. The announcement came after a recent visit by the Lord Mayor to the University of Birmingham, to understand the work of researchers funded by Bloodwise to develop new treatments for lymphoma. Cllr Rice was invited on a lab tour after attending our South Birmingham Branches AGM in July of last year. Impressed by the dedication of the members who have raised over £500,000 in the last 40 years, Cllr Rice wanted to learn more about the life saving research taking place in the city.
This exciting opportunity offers the opportunity to promote the amazing research work that our charity funds in the city and reach new supporters affected by Blood cancer. The partnership, which will run in conjunction with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, will see a host of events held throughout 2017 to raise funds and awareness for the two organisations which include a Comedy Night, a Ball and a fundraising Jail Brake. The Lord Mayor is also keen to work with us to develop other bespoke fundraising opportunities that target specific communities.
Birmingham is central to the life-saving work carried out by our charity, with £20million invested in 32 different blood cancer research projects and clinical drugs trials in the city which help speed up access to new treatments for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Councillor Rice said: “I was overwhelmed by the truly world class, blood cancer research that is being carried out by Bloodwise, right here in Birmingham. It’s exciting to know that the charity’s revolutionary work, particularly in speeding up access to clinical drugs trials, is already improving the lives of so many patients with the disease. I’m delighted to be supporting this work over the next 12 months.”
Professor Paul Murray, Professor of Molecular Pathology form the School of Cancer and Genomic Science at the University of Birmingham, met with the Lord Mayor said: “Despite advances in the treatment for this aggressive type of lymphoma, a significant amount of patients will either respond poorly to treatment or relapse. We discussed the development of new approaches to treat these patients, by identifying new ways that drugs can target tumour tissue and in particular the ways that tumour cells use surrounding healthy cells to help them survive and grow.”
We are delighted that Councillor Rice took time out to visit our research labs and see the amazing work Professor Paul Murray’s team are doing. We are really excited to be working with the Lord Mayor as one of his official charities and are really looking forward to all of the opportunities that it will bring.
To find out more about the work of Bloodwise in Birmingham or to find out how to get involved with fundraising and volunteering, please visit www.bloodwise.org.uk/midlands