LIBRA – raises funds which are used to help equip the Department of Haematological Medicine at King’s College Hospital in London. We are currently calling on supporters to help us raise £36,000 by 2012. These funds will help us to reach a £249,000 target which was set when we launched our Acorns to Oaks appeal with King’s in 2007. The project was set up to raise awareness of the need for funding to cover the cost of new diagnostic equipment at the hospital. It will be used to help patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

A Clinical Research Facility is currently being developed at King’s and it will house a state-of-the-art cell treatment unit for the Haematology Department. In order to successfully treat patients and develop cures, the blood research team requires three pieces of diagnostic equipment which will be purchased with the £249,000.

Professor Ghulam Mufti, Head of the Haematology Department at King’s, is delighted that LIBRA is so close to reaching the Acorns to Oaks target and commented: “LIBRA Trustees and supporters have dedicated a great deal of time to this appeal and we are most grateful. The equipment will greatly benefit our research teams and ensure that we are able to diagnose serious conditions swiftly. In turn, this will enable us to establish how best to treat patients with serious medical conditions.”

With your help experts at King’s can continue to develop new treatments and also provide first class patient care. Of course, once we reach the Acorns to Oaks target we will review new fundraising initiatives with King’s. There are so many exciting projects in the pipeline.