Bright Red Nurse Takes Up Post In Sunderland Royal Hospital

We are delighted to share with you that our second Bright Red Nurse has now taken up post in Sunderland Royal Hospital, thanks to our investment of nearly £80,000.

With another Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sunderland’s service they are able to offer a far superior service to their haematology patients. We would anticipate that the huge majority of patients would be able to meet with a CNS prior to starting chemo, giving patients the opportunity to ask questions, familiarize themselves with the hospital and the team and also just take some time to build a relationship with their key worker. This post will make such a difference. We are so proud to support it and thankful to all our supporters for making it happen.

As most of you know we already fund a nurse at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. Due to the increase in demand on haematology services in our region, coupled with the financial constraints of the NHS, the charity are working tirelessly with Trust’s from across the North to try and fund an outreach nurse in every area of the northern region.

We would like to wish the successful candidate, Jill Bell, all the very best in her new role! We are sure you will make a wonderful addition to the fantastic team at Sunderland.

Jill Bell with Dr Hervey



Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year Partnerships

We are delighted to share that we have been shortlisted for three Sainsbury’s stores as part of their Local Charity of the Year scheme.

We will be up against two other charities in each of the stores and it will all be down to a public vote.

Voting is now open and you can either vote in store or online.

To cast your online vote please visit :

The stores we are competing in are; Haddricks Mill Local, Ponteland and Cramlington

If you shop in one of these stores, please consider putting a token in our voting box! These partnerships make such a difference.

Voting closes on 24 June.

Birthday Party Raises £1,300 For Bright Red

We would like to say a huge thank you to Catherine Blakey, who decided to raise funds for Bright Red as part of her birthday celebrations.

It’s always incredibly kind for people to raise funds for charity, but we think there’s something really special and selfless when people forgo presents and gifts in order to help others.

It’s the kind of generosity, we see so often and it should be celebrated.



Win A Nintendo Switch At NERG

Tickets are now available for NERG’S 2018 raffle, all in aid of Bright Red.

The top prize is a Nintendo Switch Bundle! Second prize is an equally impressive Mini SNES.

Tickets are available for £1 each, with 100% of the profits going to support our Lee Robson Patient Care Grants.

The draw will take place at Gateshead International Stadium on the final day of NERG (Sunday 15 July).


Tickets will be posted out second class.


If you still haven’t got your ticket for the event itself, don’t miss out! It’s always a fantastic event for the whole family. Tickets are available through their website :



The Banks Group Select Bright Red As 2018 Charity Of The Year

Staff at North East property and energy firm The Banks Group have chosen to adopt a regional cancer charity as their new dedicated fundraising cause.

Having raised £12,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society last year, employees at the Durham headquartered, family-owned firm have now voted to raise money for Bright Red throughout 2018.

Bright Red supports people across the north of England who are dealing with a wide range of blood cancers, such as leukaemias, lymphomas and myelomas, as well as other less common conditions.

It was nominated by David Wilson, a member of the company’s ICT team who was diagnosed with multiple myelomas in 2014 and subsequently treated at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where Bright Red is headquartered.

David, who is from Darlington, received two successful bone marrow transplants in 2015 and is now in clinical remission. He has since done his own fundraising work in support of Bright Red, collecting around £1,000 so far.

He says: “Bright Red’s work has a direct impact on the patients in the ward where I received my treatment, where many of them have to spend considerable lengths of time in isolation, and they’ve been responsible for the refurbishment and improvement of a lot of its rooms.

“Creating a better environment can improve patients and their families’ experience at what are obviously very difficult times, and the fundraising work I’ve previously done was a small way of saying thank you for the difference it made to us.

“Having my colleagues choose to support Bright Red this year is fantastic news, and we’ve already spoken to them about a couple of new project ideas that this fundraising drive could help them bring to fruition.”

Bright Red works to help create the best possible treatment environments for patients with blood cancers and their families, to assist in the education of healthcare professionals who focus on treating these conditions and to promote world-leading research into the treatment of leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and bone marrow failures.

Care grants are awarded to projects taking place in any haematology unit across the region which will have a positive impact for many patients, such as the long-term funding of a Bright Red Outreach at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, while Lee Robson Patient Care Grants, which are named in memory of the charity’s first ambassador, are one off monetary awards given to patients in most need of financial assistance.

Staff from across Banks’ different businesses and locations will be undertaking a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, such as workplace lunches, dress down days, raffles and cake bakes, as well as participation in a number of different sporting and activity-related challenges.

More than £50,000 has been raised in total over the last five years for the Banks employees’ chosen charities, which have also included The Tiny Lives Trust, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Integrating Children.

Sara Ellis, who is a member of The Banks Group’s charity fundraising committee, adds: “The types of blood cancer that Bright Red focuses on impact on the lives of thousands of families across our region, and the charity’s work is invaluable both to them and the medical staff leading the drive to find ever better treatments.

“Our employees always give their whole-hearted commitment to the good causes that they choose to adopt, and we know that the fundraising activities that are lined up so far for 2018 will be extremely well supported.”

Mark Thompson, chair of Bright Red and chief executive at Ryder Architecture, says: “Everyone at Bright Red is over the moon to be embarking on a partnership with The Banks Group team.

“As a relatively small, regional charity we heavily rely on the goodwill of the local community, so to receive support from an organization as well regarded as Banks means a great deal to us. The partnership will undoubtedly go a long way in supporting cancer patients in our region.’


Charity Night In Memory Of Glenn Campbell

The family of Glenn Campbell arranged a charity night to raise funds for Bright Red, late last year.

Through a raffle, quiz, domino cards and loads more, the family raised £1,500 on the night, on top of £1,000 raised at Glenn’s funeral.

Gillian said ‘Glenn spent quite a lot of time on the wards at the Freeman hospital while fighting leukaemia, the staff were absolutely fantastic in the care and support they gave us.

We were absolutely amazed and grateful to all our friends for the funds raised at his funeral, to add even more through the social night means the world to us.’

We are so grateful to Glenn’s family for taking the time out to give something back. This is so incredibly kind and will go such a long way in our fight against blood cancer.

Picture : Glenn’s wife Gillian, his sister and two sons.


Donation Made In Memory Of Grandad & Grandson

For many years we have received wonderful support from a family who know the darkest side of blood cancer. Kath and Ted Phillips sadly lost their beloved son Christopher after a 5 year battle against leukaemia.

Last year the family sadly lost another member of the family, Christopher’s grandfather, George. The family decided they would like funds raised at George’s funeral to go to Bright Red.

Christine Carr, Kath’s sister, said ‘We raised £300 through a collection which was kindly donated by friends and family at our dads funeral, George Carr in November. Also in memory of much loved and missed, Christopher Phillips. This photo was taken at Christopher’s Graduation with his very proud Grandad George.

Thank you so much for your kind donations to go to this excellent charity.’

Thank you to everyone who donated, and to the family for their incredible, continued support.


Bright Red Shop Now Live!

We regularly receive requests from our supporters to buy Bright Red hoodies or tops for events. We haven’t been able to place bulk orders for too many items. Those of you who have been in our office will know that we have no place to store anything, and with a team of two it’s difficult to find the capacity to manage something like this.

Thanks to a wonderful new partnership with Emblematic, we are now able to offer a range of branded items for sale, at a minimum cost to you!

We have just placed the first order for two Bright Red hoodies and we can’t wait to start wearing them. You can find a link to the store below!

Bright Red Store


Ainderby Steeple CofE Primary School Choose Bright Red!

We were thrilled to learn that the students of Ainderby Steeple Church of England Primary School, in Northallerton, selected Bright Red to be their Charity of the Year.

The school has a whole host of fundraising actitivites already planned, including carol singing, pyjama days and much more!

We are really looking forward to sharing updates from the school over the next few months!



My Brand New Ben Sherman – Original Painting by Phil Bartle

We are delighted to open bidding on a Phil Bartle, original painting called ‘ My Brand New Ben Sherman’. The print comes fully framed and would retail at around £300. It’s an unmissable opportunity to get your hands on a fantastic piece of art and help blood cancer patients in the north.

Phil said ‘This picture is about going for a night out in mid 70s Consett wearing a white shirt and before the end of the night you’re wearing a red one as it ends up covered in red dust. Even though there wasn’t a sign on the outside for ‘Sir Boutique’, I had to put one in to show it existed!’

All funds raised from the sale of the picture will go towards our Lee Robson Patient Care Grants, one off financial awards given to those in most need of assistance.

To place your bid please email Ashley, via Bidding is open now and will close at 5pm on Saturday 30 September. We’re hoping to raise a minimum of £250. This will mean we can not only help another family, but will take the funds raised in Lee’s memory over the £50,000 mark!

Huge thank you to Phil for his kind donation. We hope your painting finds a worthy home!

my new ben sherman


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