Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia has been chosen as one of the charities Free Radio Walk for Kids will be supporting this year.
In 2013 Cure Leukaemia is celebrating its 10th anniversary by launching a new £1 million appeal, Cure Leukaemia for Kids. To support this campaign, Free Radio has selected it as one of three local children’s charities to benefit from funds raised from the Birmingham Walk for Kids which will take place on Sunday 19th May.
The aim of Cure Leukaemia for Kids is to raise as much funds into research and run as many new pioneering drug trials that will help increase survival rates of children suffering from the disease. It will be working with the Leukaemia Ward at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital and the Centre of Clinical Haematology at the QE to help find a cure.
James McLaughlin, chief executive at Cure Leukaemia, says: “We are delighted that we’ve been selected as one of Free Radio’s chosen charities. Funds raised from the Birmingham walk will go a long way in helping us achieve our goal of raising £1 million in the fight to find a cure and support children battling this awful disease. We thank Free Radio and all of its listeners for their support.”
Dr Sarah Lawson, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist Department of Haematology
Birmingham Children’s Hospital, comments: “We wouldn’t have the high cure rates that we have today if it wasn’t for the research we carry out and the funds raised from the Free Radio Walk for Kids will go a long way in helping us continue our life saving research for years to come.”
Free Radio Walk for Kids is a series of charity walks across the summer with the aim of raising over £750,000 for the selected local charities. The Birmingham walk will take place around the Number 11 Circle bus route and will also support Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Help Harry Help Others.
Philip Riley, Chief Executive of Free Radio, said: “We’ve demonstrated in recent years our commitment to supporting children, young people and their families across our local areas. This year we hope to raise close to £1 million through all our charity work and Walk for Kids will play a huge part in helping us reach this goal.”
To sign up now for the free walk visit www.freeradio.co.uk/walkforkids