Colleagues raise over £4,000 for bone marrow transplant unit

We’re thrilled to announce that colleagues have raised over £4,000 for our charity partner, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, which is part of the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity.

The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit serves all patients with haematological diseases in mid and south Wales, covering roughly three quarters of the Welsh population.

The Unit was nominated to be Hafod’s charity partner by a colleague whose son, Josh (pictured third from left), received a life-saving bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia.

Led by our fundraising team, colleagues have supported various events which have helped to achieve the fantastic grand total. From monthly dress down days and raffles to a strawberries and cream tea and sponsored walks, there was something for everyone to get involved with.

A highlight of the fundraising activities was a five-a-side football tournament hosted by Hafod which saw eight other organisations join them on the pitch, raising in excess of £300!

Speaking at the cheque presentation, Dr Keith Wilson, Consultant Haematologist and Director of the South Wales Blood and Marrow Transplant Programme, thanked everyone at Hafod for their marvellous fundraising efforts. He said: “We are deeply indebted to the team at Hafod for raising over £4,000 on behalf of the transplant programme. This is all the more remarkable given that the fundraising efforts continued through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Charitable donations are used for a wide variety of purposes including staff training, research and purchase of equipment for patient benefit. Without the help of our charity partners and the generosity of the public we, and more importantly the patients, would be significantly worse off.”

Karen Rosser, our Corporate Director of People, Communications and IT, said: “I’m extremely proud of everyone at Hafod who has taken part in the many fundraising activities we’ve held and contributed towards this brilliant amount of money raised. I know it will make a real difference to patients, research and staff training at the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and the vital work Cardiff and Vale Health Charity do every day.”

To read more about the fantastic work of the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity, visit healthcharity.wales

Watch Josh’s story below to see why we chose to support this fantastic cause.