TAEFL takes on the Great Midlands Fun Run to help cure blood cancer19.04.2018

Trade and Export Finance Group from Birmingham are taking on the Great Midlands Fun Run at the Royal Sutton Coldfield on the 3rd of June 2018 for blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

This year, the team at TAEFL decided to take on the Great Midlands Fun Run for Anthony Nolan. Mark, the CEO chose Anthony Nolan to show his support to Phil, one of his friends, whose daughter in law – Rachel passed away from Leukaemia. Anthony Nolan was very supportive to her and the extended family.

Mary McErlain, director at Trade and Export Finance says, “I am excited to raise funds for Anthony Nolan because you know the funds can go to help someone cope with the devastating diagnosis.”

TAEFL have been running for different charities for 6 consecutive years, so this has become a tradition. The team is proud to be able to support different charities and they will be organising a fundraising event later on this year (date to be confirmed).

Anthony Nolan finds and matches donors, of the correct tissue types, with patients with blood cancers and disorders who need lifesaving stem cell transplants giving them a second chance of life.

Anthony Nolan also carries out pioneering research to increase the success of stem cell transplants and supports patients through their transplant journeys.

Kirsty Mooney, Head of Events at Anthony Nolan, said, “We are delighted that TAEFL team are running the Great Midlands Fun Run for us this year. Step by step, mile by mile, Team AN will be saving lives. The funds they raise will enable us to recruit potential stem cell donors to the Anthony Nolan register – any one of whom could give a second chance of life for someone with blood cancer.”

You can sponsor TAEFL at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tradeandexportfinanceltd  . Find out more about fundraising for Anthony Nolan by visiting www.anthonynolan.org

Please contact TAEFL at 01217940280 if you have any questions or require further information.

About Anthony Nolan

Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The charity uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer and blood disorder patients in need of stem cell transplants. It also carries out pioneering research to increase stem cell transplant success and supports patients through their transplant journeys. Every day Anthony Nolan gives three people a second chance at life. Find out more at www.anthonynolan.org

What is a stem cell transplant?

If a patient has a condition that affects their bone marrow or blood, then a stem cell transplant may be their best chance of survival. Doctors will give new, healthy stem cells to the patient via their bloodstream, where they begin to grow and create healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Key statistics

  • About 2,000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant from a stranger every year
  • 90% of donors donate through PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection). This is a simple, outpatient procedure similar to giving blood
  • We need more young men to sign up, as they are most likely to be chosen to donate but make up just 15% of the register
  • We need more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to sign up. Only 60% of transplant recipients receive the best match. This drops dramatically to around 20.5% (one in five of transplant recipients) if you’re from a Black, Asian or ethnic minority background.
  • It costs £60 to add each new donor to the register so we always need financial support
  • To join the Anthony Nolan register, you must be 16-30 and healthy. Anthony Nolan’s world-leading Research Institute has shown younger donors offer better outcomes for patients.