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June 2017

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Back Row: M & S Simply Food Christchurch Staff, Beth Allen, Store Manager (6th right), Dr Zadie Davis, BLF Clinical Scientist (4th right)
Front Row: BLF Friends Committee

M & S Simply Food Christchurch Cuppa and Cake fundraising event, 7th June 2017

As part of its ongoing support for Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund (BLF), the staff of M & S Simply Food Christchurch arranged a Cuppa and Cake event recently, which was so successful both socially and financially for the charity and raised £680.

It was a meaningful start to the Friends of Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund's campaign to raise £24,000 to purchase a new piece of equipment for the charity, a Digital PCR System, which will help improve the diagnosis and outcomes for all cancer patients at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and further research.

March 2017

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Left to Right: Fred Olsen Travel staff members; Fiona Perry Symes & Shirley Sherman, BLF Friends Committee; Jane Kolowski, Manager of Fred Olsen Travel

Jane Kolowski, Manager of Fred Olsen Travel in Beales, Bournemouth arranged for her company and Beales concessions to sponsor a raffle in aid of Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund at a recent Cruise Event which resulted in £115 being donated to the charity.

July 2016

photo of Dr Zadie Davis, Research Assistant Amy Christian, Dr Helen McCarthy and Dr Renata Walewska

RBH Doctors sponsored by Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund. Left to Right: Dr Zadie Davis, Research Assistant Amy Christian, Dr Helen McCarthy and Dr Renata Walewska

NEW research by scientists and doctors at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) could lay a foundation for a new treatment for leukaemia.

The research, conducted alongside the University of Southampton and the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine in Austria, is a breakthrough in the understanding of a form of the illness - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) - which mostly affects the over-60s.

Below is an excerpt from a Press Release where Haematology Consultant, Dr Renata Walewska, thanked Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund for supporting this new lifesaving research.

“This paper illustrates how the generosity of local patients and of the local charity, Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund, in sponsoring our research which can contribute to a major advance in the understanding of CLL with potential benefits for patients with this disease worldwide. This would not be possible without the amazing effort and tireless fundraising by Estelle Wilson, Shirley Sherman and the Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund Committee.”

It's hard to believe that two of those pictured above, Dr Zadie Davis, a post-doctoral scientist, and Amy Christian, a research assistant also studying for an MSc at Southampton University, are not funded by the National Health Service and unless their salaries are funded their lifesaving work will not continue. £30,000 per annum is needed to support Zadie and £12,000 per annum for Amy for three day's research each for BLF.

Please support Zadie and Amy by sending a donation in favour of Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund to Estelle Wilson, c/o The Path Lab, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East BH7 6DW.

April 2016

The Friends of Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund's Spring Lunch, held at The Mayfair Hotel on 7th April, was a great success both socially and financially. We were delighted to welcome Jane Stichbury, Chair of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Trust as guest speaker, who spoke of her long career in public service and answered many questions. Many thanks to Jane and to all who attended our first official event of the year!

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Left to Right: Estelle Wilson, Friends of BLF Committee Member; Jane Stichbury, Chairman of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Shirley Sherman, Friends of BLF Committee Member

March 2016

Many thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society, Bournemouth, for their generous donation of £1,480 which will go towards additional resources required for the Next Generation Sequencer.

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Staff members of Yorkshire Building Society including Heather Nichols, Deputy Manager (first left) plus Shirley Sherman, Friends of BLF Committee Member (second from right)

January 2016

Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund was selected by John Lewis Poole staff to participate in the in store customer token incentive whereby customers are asked to make a preference of three local charities. Customers gave Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund the most tokens which resulted in the highest donation given so far in this scheme - £1,177! Many thanks to both staff and customers at John Lewis, Poole.

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December 2015

The year was rounded off with a Christmas dinner & festive carols at the Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth. A cheque was presented to the members of staff from the Molecular Pathology laboratory at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for the Next Generation Sequencer. In order to commemorate this significant achievement and in memory to the late Professor Terry Hamblin, a piece of artwork (below) will be placed in the Pathology reception area at Bournemouth Hospital.

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Left to Right: Jenny White (Friends of BLF Committee Member), Dr Renata Walewska, Dr Zadie Davis, Dr Rachel Ibbotson, Amy Christian, Estelle Wilson (Friends of BLF Committee Member)

Next Generation Sequencer artwork

November 2015

Thank you to Dorset Cancer Care Foundation for their recent donation of £1,054 to Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund.

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Left to Right: Shirley Sherman, Estelle Wilson, Friends of BLF committee members, Eve Went, Trustee, Dorset Cancer Care Foundation & Rosemary Mundy, Friends of BLF committee member at the presentation.

October 2015

NatWest Staff Quiz Night

Members of the Friends Committee attended the cheque presentation which took place on the final night of NatWest’s support for Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund, the Staff Quiz night on 22nd October.

Steve Watton, the manager of NatWest Boscombe and Southbourne agreed to help raise funds and also contacted his area manager to request that the staff of all 19 branches of NatWest in and around Bournemouth make Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund their Charity which was agreed and they raised the magnificent sum of £4,570 for the charity.

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Manager of NatWest Boscombe & Southbourne, Steve Watton (left) with Shirley Sherman, Publicity Officer, Friends of BLF

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Members of the Friends Committee at the quiz night wearing their new promotional sashes!

April 2015

Grant Making Trust Applications

The new Terrace Mount development in Bournemouth Town Centre comprising two Hilton Hotels and residential apartments is nearing completion and the construction company, its associates and workers presented Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund with £4,350 towards the next generation DNA sequencer.

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Left to Right: George Enderley, Health and Safety Manager, McAleer & Rushe;  Shirley Sherman, Publicity Officer, Friends of BLF;  Jesse Banovic, That Company Marketeer;  Estelle Wilson, Committee Member, Friends of BLF;  Mark Elliott, Contracts Director, McAleer & Rushe