Love, Love, Love Raising Over £750 for Leukaemia Charity

Students at Ormiston Forge Academy have swapped their uniforms for ‘something red’ on Valentines day and raised a huge amount of money for a blood cancer charity.

The academy in Cradley Heath welcomed Geoff Thomas, former England footballer and blood cancer survivor, to their Prize Giving ceremony last year. The students decided to hold a non-uniform day as a way of thanking Geoff for his time. Students and staff who wore ‘something red’ donated money to do so, resulting in a grand total of £780 being donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a leading UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the pupils and staff at Ormiston Forge Academy for organising such a fantastic fundraising day for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The money raised from their Non-Uniform Day will help make a real difference to the lives of patients with blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

After being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003 Geoff Thomas was lucky; a bone marrow transplant from his sister in 2004 saved his life. Inspired by the bravery of patients around him and a determination to beat blood cancers, he set up the Geoff Thomas Foundation. He was awarded the 2005 BBC Sports Personality Helen Rollason Award in recognition of his charity work. Geoff is now working with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to raise funds for a network of national centres, allowing patients to benefit from the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers. Geoff said, “It was an honour to speak at Ormiston Forge Academy’s Prize Giving ceremony and I’m humbled that they would raise money as a way of thanks. It’s testament to the fantastic students they have there.

Principal Andrew Burns said, “The red signifies Valentine’s Day but it also represents the great work Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is doing in trying to cure blood cancers. Forge students always make me proud and today is no exception. Geoff Thomas spoke with passion and from his heart at our Prize Giving and the students were inspired. It makes a difference, when the Forge students come together to do something nothing can stop them – they are incredible.

Geoff Thomas with staff and students at Ormiston Forge Academy.

Photo (left to right): Lutfiyya (11), Ben (17), Geoff Thomas, Shelby (12), Nic Penn, Tomas (11), Andrew Burns, Ben (14)

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