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.


Complementary Therapy at Sunderland Royal Hospital

Bright Red are proud supporters of the complementary therapists at Sunderland Royal Hospital. We provided £3,500 of funding which helped provide 1,475 therapies, given to 992 patients.

Therapies included : Auricular acupuncture, massage, Indian head massage, reflexology, reiki, and mindful touch.

These therapies can make such a difference to patients. In fact of the 150 Patient Experience Survey’s submitted for the annual review, 100% of patients were satisfied with the services and the therapists.

Feedback included :

“I found the head massage very therapeutic and relaxing, well worth it, thank you”

 “The therapist was very informative and helpful; she made me feel at ease during my first treatment I will definitely come again”

 “Everything was discussed in a professional manner and I am looking forward to the next session”

 “I appreciated this treatment very much, helped me to relax and I enjoyed the pamper”



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.



Job Vacancy : Charity Manager

As you may have seen we are in the process of recruiting a new Charity Manager to manage the strategic direction, funding and delivery of activities for Bright Red – an unmissable opportunity for someone with a background in leadership roles and considerable experience of managing and developing a fundraising function.

We are working with NRG who will be managing the recruitment process. If you are interested, please visit :


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 :



£18,500 Given In Support Of Complementary Therapies Across Our Region

With the help of our donors, Bright Red have given out £18,500 of funding towards the costs associated with providing free, complementary therapies to hundreds of patients attending the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Sunderland Royal Hospital and Hexham General.

Therapies include; reiki, massage, aromatherapy, relaxation sessions and reflexology.

These therapies help reduce anxiety and tension, relieves stress, aches and pains and can help with sleeping issues. Many of our supporters will know that we have provided funding for these treatments for a number of years, and hope to continue working with the therapists for as long as they are needed.




EBMT 2018

Bright Red recently provided funding to Dr Nuno Borges, enabling him to attend the 44th annual meeting of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) in Lisbon, Portugal. Here, Nuno was able to present his abstract on the impact of cell doses on bone marrow transplant outcomes at Newcastle.

Nuno said “This was a fantastic opportunity to learn about cutting edge developments in the field of bone marrow transplantation, as well to network with some of the top names in haematology in the world.

The four day conference included a range of talks and presentations. The ‘meet the expert’ sessions gave delegates the opportunity to have a one on one discussion with an international transplant expert and learn about how they manage their patients. The advent of CAR T cells carries new hope to patients with leukaemia and lymphoma, as trials show promising results. The subject of minimal residual disease (MRD) was also a hot topic, with a growing body of experts making use of it to guide treatment of patients with leukaemia and, more recently, myeloma. Multiple talks and posters were dedicated to conditioning, with much ongoing debate into how best to prepare patients for transplant and also to balance the fine line between transplant related mortality and disease relapse. Complications in the post-transplant period are still a significant problem, and a large number of speakers presented their work on how best to prevent and manage them.

A considerable proportion of the talks was dedicated to discussing the psychological impact of bone marrow transplant on patients and their relatives, emphasising the need for them to have the appropriate level of emotional support during this process. Equally, the EBMT nurses group ran parallel sessions looking into the challenges of nursing for this group of patients, and how best to improve their experience of the transplant process.

Interestingly, I was surprised by how haematology treatments can reach out to other specialties. One session focused on bone marrow transplants for patients with auto-immune conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. For patients who qualify, results seem to be quite impressive.

This experience has been an excellent opportunity for me to develop my knowledge in the field of bone marrow transplantation and further my interest in haematology as a specialty. This was made a possibility with generous support from Bright Red, thanks to whom I can now better understand and support the treatment of patients undergoing a bone marrow transplant.”

Dr Nuno Borges with his poster presentation.


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.

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