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News from the North

Catriona Taylor
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12 Feb 2015

It’s been an exciting start to the new year and we wanted to share some updates with you, and let you know a few of the things we’ve been working on. There’s been a fantastic mix of supporters organising their own activities, and us making plans for the year ahead with opportunities for people to get involved.

Our dedicated fundraisers and volunteers are continuing with their support to beat blood cancer, with bucket collections, coffee morning, charity balls and mass participation events being planned, to name a few. Branches and Fundraising Groups are organising their calendar of events, including Forget Me Not Walks and Bikeathons. We’re also delighted to have new supporters on board for 2015.

We’re currently working with Youth Groups and Schools, whose fundraising is greatly supported by the children and young people involved, with support and involvement from teachers, group leaders and parents too. One example is St Joseph’s RC Primary in Oldham who Catriona visited recently, after their year of fundraising. Catriona was invited along to attend an assembly and meet those involved, including the Year 6 pupils who were instrumental in the total raised. Click here for a lovely photo from this visit.

As a charity that relies entirely on voluntary donations to fund our life saving work, volunteering is key to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the activities carried out.  We’re extremely grateful to all our volunteers who give up their time to organise, fundraise, collect and provide support, and later this month we’ll have an opportunity to say thanks to our student supporters, as 23 February – 1 March is Student Volunteering Week. Throughout the week on our Northern social media we’ll be highlighting the terrific volunteering support students provide, and demonstrating the impact this has on our work to beat blood cancer.

February marked the launch of Smiles4Jack, a social media campaign started by long term teenage supporter Jack Marshall. Jack has a medical condition meaning he cannot smile, and so he’s asking our supporters to ‘give Jack one L of a smile’; taking a smiley selfie, posting this on social media with the hashtag #Smiles4Jack and texting to donate. Jack’s already raised over £4,000 through the campaign, and he’d love for you to get involved too! Our North Office selfie is above, and you can read the full details about the campaign here.

Support through social media is crucial to campaigns like Jack’s and also to help us spread the word about our work to beat blood cancer. Over on our North Facebook page, we’re delighted to now have over 900 likes, and we’d love to reach 1,000 likes. If you’re on Facebook, come and like our page ‘Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in the North’ at, or if you already like the page, why not give us a share?

Hopefully this has given some insight in to what we’ve been up to in the North Office, and how you can get involved. As always, for anything you’d like to discuss, please get in touch with us at

Catriona and Lauren



Thanks for the update, Catriona! As you say it's been a busy start to the year in the North. Looking forward to seeing your coverage for volunteers week.