Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell is spearheading a campaign to raise £250,000 at the Great Birmingham Run to support the charity Cure Leukaemia. Purnell, a trustee of the charity, has urged students at the University of Birmingham to commit to October's event and help to reach the targeted amount.
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Chef and restauranter Purnell, who was awarded a Michelin star in 2009 and has made frequent appearances on the BBC's Great British Menu, is hopeful the charity can generate enough money to fund life-saving drug trials.
After competing in the race last year, the chef wants students to do the same: “I ran the race last year in just over two hours, and it was fantastic. Students should put down their pot noodles and get running. Leukaemia is a disease that doesn’t discriminate, and can affect anyone."
Purnell spoke of his reasons in supporting the charity: “I was inspired to get involved with the charity when I met a young girl called Georgie suffering with leukaemia. She had the same passion and love for food as me, but she sadly passed away. That is why it is so important to keep funding these trials, and find a cure.”
The fundraising initiative will raise money for the Let's Find A Cure campaign, which is a collaboration between Cure Leukaemia and the University of Birmingham. To find out more about the work Cure Leukaemia do, you can visit their website. More information on the Great Birmingham Run, and registration, is available here.