David Pountney

Bella's March

Fundraising for Cure Leukaemia
raised of £15,000 target
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Solihull Walk, 13 February 2024
Cure Leukaemia

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We fund a network of expert research nurses to help save blood cancer patients' lives


Over the past 10 years a number of Kidderminster Harriers fans have taken part in four charity walks to watch the team play. It all started with an idea back in 2014 culminating in over fifty fans walked 65 miles over two days to Forest Green Rovers (near Stroud) in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Then in 2015 another large group walked the 35 miles from Kidderminster to Telford in aid of Towards Tomorrow Together (baby loss charity). In 2017 another large number walked the 50 miles over two days to Cheltenham for Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Finally after a break of a few years a smaller group walked the 45 miles from Kidderminster to Leamington for Hugs (baby loss charity).

Each walk has ben completed for a charity close to our hearts and has raised around £80,000!

In 2024 another group of walkers plan yet another tough challenge for worthy cause. On Tuesday 13th February we plan to walk the 32 miles in one day from Kidderminster to Solihull. This will be made more difficult as this walk will be undertaken in Winter, limited light and over the Lickey Hills! The aim is to get to Solihull in one piece in time for KHFC's league fixture kicking off at 7.45pm!

The walks have been organised through the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust (KHIST) and the supporters football team. It's been a difficult time for one of our group over the last few years as Tom Hudson's daughter (Bella) was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

Bella was diagnosed with leukaemia just a few days before her 9th Birthday and has been fighting this awful disease for a number of years.

Bella under went a bone marrow transplant, she was was in Birmingham Children's Hospital fighting against infections and complications that nearly took her life. Amazingly she fought this horrible time and was going from strength to strength and celebrated her 10th birthday.

Unfortunately they had the heartbreaking news that Bella‘s cancer returned and had genetically changed into AML (acute myeloid leukaemia) which is very aggressive. After countless meetings there was only one option and that’s was a trial type of transplant in Manchester. So after three months in Manchester Bella continues to fight this terrible disease and has just returned home.

The walk to Solihull will be in aid of Cure Leukaemia. The charity are funding the trial that Bella is able to take part in and they have been supporting the family so is a deserving cause.

Further details on Bella here

We currently have nearly 30 walking all or part of the route :

Dave Pountney, Beckie Pountney, Karl Davies, Dave Lewis, Kelsee Lewis, Mark Young, Ellie Pountney, Tom Hudson (Bella's Dad), Chris Price, Gavyn Woodbridge, Lars Angell, Lisa Richardson, Kaitlyn Richardson, Julie Hudson, Dave Goode, Andrew Coffield, Jon Smith, Stu Hudson, Tom Salter, Tracey Salter, Simon Jarrosinski, Craig Murphy, Marc Vaughan, Michelle Vaughan, Gareth Morris, Amy Field, Karen Mooney, Chris Broomfield, and Debbie.

Cure Leukaemia helps blood cancer patients to access pioneering drug and transplant treatments by funding a network of specialist research nurses across the UK. Without these nurses, to ensure patients are monitored and cared for, clinical trials of these new treatments would not run and patients, that have exhausted standard treatment options, would miss out on potentially lifesaving therapies. Every penny raised for Cure Leukaemia helps save lives and also hastens global progress towards the eradication of all forms of blood cancer.

About the charity

Cure Leukaemia

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Cure Leukaemia fund research nurses at 15 hospitals across the UK. These roles form the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) network giving patients, from a catchment area of 30m, access to potentially life-saving treatments through clinical trials, with plans to fund a paediatric network on the way.

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