Friday 26 October 2012 

Bears team crosses the finish line for Cure Leukaemia in BUPA Great Birmingham Run


The Warwickshire team put on a real show at the BUPA Great Birmingham Run last weekend, as Jonathan Trott and Dougie Brown crossed the finish line with the help of batsman Neil Carter.

Warwickshire and England star Jonathan and assistant coach Dougie, who is also a patron of Cure Leukaemia, ran the half marathon to support the local charity while Neil left the crowd to support his team mates.

Speaking of the run, Neil said: “Seeing the boys running along and doing their part really sparked something inside me and I ended up running the last five and a half miles with them in my jeans! Cure Leukaemia is a fantastic cause and it was great to be able to show my support.”  

The cricketers were joined by a whole host of other runners who came together to show their support for Cure Leukaemia including singer Amelia Whiteman, Free Radio DJ Russ Morris and Radio WM's Michelle Dawes, Craig Lewis and Terry Goodwin, who also supported Cure Leukaemia as BBC WM’s chosen charity for this year’s Red Alert Appeal.

The run, which took place on Sunday 21 October, was the grand finale in a host of activities put on for Cure Leukaemia Awareness Week, which raised £50,000 for the charity. The money raised will go towards funding research nurses and ground breaking drugs to treat blood cancer.

James McLaughlin, CEO of Cure Leukaemia, said: “It was brilliant to see so many faces turn up to support us in the final event of Cure Leukaemia Awareness Week, not just well known faces but all the trustees, patients and families too.

“The money raised from the BUPA Great Birmingham Run and throughout the activities during Cure Leukaemia Awareness Week will now go towards funding our research nurses across the Midlands.”

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