Campaign Success

30 - 3 - 2017

Campaign Success

LIBRA is pleased to announce that £200,000 has been raised in aid of the Giving 4 Growth Campaign. Trustees launched the appeal in August 2012 to help raise funds for the Haematology Department at King' College Hospital, London.

Initially funds were required to cover the cost of urgent laboratory developments, but needs grew to include funding for essential research and ward equipment, along with equipping a new ambulatory transplant unit.

Our Trustees works closely with Professor Ghulam Mufti, the Head of the Haematology at King’s, and other health experts within his department. They are in regular contact to ensure funding is being raised to support the most urgent needs of the department. The professor also advises Trustees on how funding is used and progress meetings are held at the hospital.

In 2012 LIBRA pledged to raise £100,000 after receiving a wish list of laboratory equipment from the Professor and his team. In 2015 the funding requirements became greater and LIBRA pushed the campaign target up to £200,000 to ensure wider needs were being met. With the invaluable support of Lions and the public, LIBRA has reached the campaign target. Funds have been raised through generous donations, Lions events, sponsored challenges, and by King’s patients and their families.

Following the success of the Giving 4 Growth Campaign, LIBRA is set to launch the ‘Tree of Life’ appeal later in the spring. The new campaign will provide vital support to King’s to ensure that the best possible treatments are available for patients suffering with blood cancers and disorders. The campaign is currently being developed by LIBRA and Professor Mufti and more information will be made available to Lions as soon as the new fundraising target is agreed.

Andrew Lodge, LIBRA Chairman, commented: “I would like to thank supporters across the UK for providing such great support throughout our Giving 4 Growth Campaign. The funds raised will benefit patients today and in the future. Although we have raised such a significant amount, there is always a need within the Haematology Department and across the wards, so our fundraising efforts must continue. Together we can help in the battle against blood cancers and blood disorders. We look forward to launching the Tree of Life Campaign this spring and hope that Lions will continue to get involved with fundraising activities.”

Professor Ghulam Mufti added: “Funding from LIBRA has been and still is the life blood of this department. LIBRA funding has been pivotal in initiating a number of key programmes including bone marrow transplantation. The ongoing commitment from LIBRA is essential as we rely on funding to move the development of new treatments forward. Our long-term goal is to become one of the top blood sciences institutes in the world and we hope to achieve this in the next 10 years with the support of LIBRA.

“We are most grateful to LIBRA and Lions for raising funds through Giving 4 Growth and wish you all the very best with the new campaign, which will ensure our work to develop lifesaving treatments can continue.”



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