Blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia has announced new Corporate Partnerships with South and City College Birmingham, caboodle and iHub. The news comes after the charity announced a two-year national charity of the year partnership with Deutsche Bank as Cure Leukaemia’s list of Corporate supporters continues to grow every year.
South and City College Birmingham is a vocational college which offers students part time, full time and Apprenticeship courses from level 1 to higher education in a range of subjects. The college, which is the highest performing general FE college in Birmingham for 16-18 year olds, will be supporting Cure Leukaemia throughout 2018. Staff and students will be engaging with the charity through volunteering opportunities and challenges such as the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and Cure Leukaemia’s London 2 Paris bike ride in September.
Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College Birmingham said: ‘We are very pleased to be supporting Cure Leukaemia as our charity this year. It’s a charity very close to our hearts, as the College recently lost a member of staff to Leukaemia. Our staff and students have already shown a lot of enthusiasm for raising funds for this worthwhile cause. I am personally very much aware of the charity’s work, having lost my father to blood cancer last year. I look forward to raising lots of funds for this amazing charity.”
Caboodle is one of the UK’s leading independent employee benefits and engagement companies. Previously known as Salary Exchange, they rebranded in 2017 and won Cheshire Business of the Year award in the same year in recognition of the exceptional performance of the business. Staff have already begun their fundraising through an innovative virtual idea they have called ‘Route 66.’ Over 66 days, employees are calculating the total number of miles they have travelled every week whether that is by running, walking or cycling. These miles are then combined across the company with the goal of covering as many miles as possible.
In addition, Managing Director Catherine Bennett and HR Manager Anne Wade have signed up to ride Cure Leukaemia’s 500km, closed-road cycling event from London to Paris from September 20-24 this year.
Sharon Smith, Sales & Marketing Director said: “Cure Leukaemia is a charity close to our hearts. Three members of our staff have been directly impacted by leukaemia and two of the team are currently caring for loved ones who are undergoing life-saving treatment, made possible by Cure Leukaemia. As a close-nit team we wanted to do something to help – so we’ve decided to work together to fundraise for this great cause. We’re very proud of how the team has pulled together and are very excited to see how Catherine and Anne get on in the London 2 Paris bike ride in September.”
iHub Birmingham, located in the city’s central Colmore Business District, offers state-of-the-art serviced office space for over 30 businesses. After opening in 2017, iHub welcomed Cure Leukaemia into its offices in the summer and plans are in place for a second floor to open in the Colmore Gate building in June 2018. iHub will be working closely with Cure Leukaemia to engage with the many businesses operating in the building as well as organising fundraising events ranging from Live Music Quizzes to cake bakes. A major focus will be placed on Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September with a number of initiatives being planned.
General Manager Emma Johnston said: “We are very proud and grateful to be partnering with a charity that believes so much in what they do and work so hard to help people with blood cancer. After understanding the goals of the charity, we really wanted to help make a difference thus deciding to make Cure Leukaemia the chosen charity partner for iHub Birmingham. We can't wait to get involved with the charity and look forward to working with the team on both internal and external fundraising events to raise money for this great cause.”
Cure Leukaemia’s Head of Corporate Partnerships Jackie Kelly said: “we are delighted to welcome South and City College Birmingham, caboodle and iHub into the Cure Leukaemia family. We are excited to engage with their staff and support their fundraising ideas throughout the year. Every penny raised will go directly into helping blood cancer patients that have exhausted standard treatments for the disease. Not only will their efforts help save lives they will also help hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer within 25 years.”