For the first time in its history, a Birmingham charity has reached the final stage of the Deutsche Bank UK charity partner process, and the charity’s Trustee Glynn Purnell is calling on Deutsche Bank Birmingham to support the campaign. Now one of the final six charities in the running, shortlisted from an original 80, Cure Leukaemia has embarked on a 10-day two-week campaign and with the help of patron Glynn and celebrities including Chris Froome, Geoff Thomas, Ian Wright and and Ben Foster. 

 

The campaign kicked off with Michelin-starred Glynn Purnell hosting a live omelette challenge in front of Deutsche Bank employees. He was also joined by formerFormer England, Crystal Palace and Wolves footballer and Cure Leukaemia Patron, Geoff Thomas, who has recently returned from a gruelling 10.5km 11,000km Three Tours Challenge  to raise fundsthat has so far raised over £250,000 for the Birmingham-based charity, has also been leading the charge for the Birmingham-based charity. 

Speaking about the Deutsche Bank partnership, Geoff said, "I was given just three months to live in 2003 when I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). Thankfully, due to the expert care of Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and the brilliant team Cure Leukaemia supports at the Centre for Clinical Haematology Queen Elizabeth Hospital, I was able to have a bone marrow transplant from my sister Kay and I have been in remission since 2005. I was one of the lucky ones and I remember many who lost their battles and that’s why I’ve dedicated my life to raising funds to support the Professor and charity that saved my life.I’m determined to help Cure Leukaemia secure this transformational partnership. Riding the Three Tours was incredibly tough but my biggest challenge is taking place right now.’

Cure Leukaemia is one of six charities with a chance to become Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year for 2018 and 2019, and the UK workforce is currently voting to decide the two successful charities. Voting finishes on Monday 16 October and if Cure Leukaemia are successful, the impact of this partnership would completely transform the charity. With a minimum of £2m over the two years, the investment from Deutsche Bank would allow the globally-significant work of the charity to reach further across the UK, covering a catchment area of 20 million, meaning thousands of blood cancer patients will have access to pioneering and potentially life-saving treatments for the disease that are currently not available through standard care. 

This year, alongside three other amateur cyclists; Doug McKinnon, Hayden Groves and James Maltin I took on all three Grand Tours to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia. The Three Tours Challenge Team rode the Giro D’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta consecutively one day ahead of the professionals. We completed the epic 10,500km journey in September and to date we’ve raised over £250,000. This is a huge challenge for a professional let alone four amateurs but we did it, however my biggest challenge of 2017 is taking place right now.” 

Cure Leukaemia is one of six charities with a chance to become Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year for 2018 and 2019 and the UK workforce is currently voting to decide the two successful charities. Voting finishes on Monday 16 October and if Cure Leukaemia are successful, the impact of this partnership would completely transform the charity. With a minimum of £2m over the two years, the investment from Deutsche Bank would allow the globally-significant work of the charity to reach further across the UK, covering a catchment area of 20 million, meaning thousands of blood cancer patients will have access to pioneering and potentially life-saving treatments for the disease that are currently not available through standard care. 

Geoff added, “Not only would the partnership save thousands of lives it would also hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer within 25 years. This is the time for curing blood cancer and I would like to urge Deutsche Bank’s staff to back Cure Leukaemia and help make what was once a dream, a reality.”

Joining Geoff in supporting Cure Leukaemia is Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who added, “Completing the Tour de France and Vuelta double has been the most challenging few months in my cycling career. I am therefore in awe of what Hayden, Geoff, Doug and James have achieved in completing the 3 Tours Challenge. To ride all three grand tours in the same year is truly remarkable for a professional let alone a team of amateurs and to also raise £250,000 for Cure Leukaemia at the same time means they deserve the recognition of the whole sporting world. 

I would like to personally congratulate the 3 Tours Challenge team on their amazing achievement and as I lost my mother to blood cancer I would urge people to support their fundraising efforts in the coming weeks and months. Chapeau!”

Voting for the Deutsche Bank charity partner is now underway and, as the only Birmingham charity to have made this stage, Cure Leukaemia and proud Brummie, Glynn Purnell, added, “We need Birmingham to get behind us – we are the only charity in the running who can actually save lives and it’s a massive opportunity for our work with Professor Charlie Craddock to continue doing just that. Saving the lives of people like Geoff. So, come on Birmingham – if you know someone who works at Deutsche Bank, spread the word and help us win this phenomenal chance to change the face of blood cancer treatment in the UK!”I want to urge all of the staff at Deutsche Bank Birmingham to vote for Cure Leukaemia, come on guys, we need that vote!’ 

Watch Glynn Purnell’s message for Deutsche Bank’s Birmingham work force: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5koX9d8jzE.

To find out more about Cure Leukaemia and how the £1 million will change lives through the new Centre for Clinical Haematology, visit www.cureleukaemia.co.uk.

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