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Glynn cooks up a boost for charity

Celebrity chef Glyn Purnell with Cure Leukaemia fund-raiser Pippa Mawle, left, and her mother Stella.

Celebrity chef Glynn Purnell with Cure Leukaemia fund-raiser Pippa Mawle, left, and her mother Stella.

Glynn Purnell, celebrity Michelin star chef and owner of Birmingham’s Purnell’s restaurant, has put his name behind one of the UK’s leading cancer charities.
Glynn, whose restaurant has a reputation for bold and innovative food, is to sponsor Midlands-based Cure Leukaemia, the charity which funds the centre for clinical haematology at University Hospital Birmingham.
It was at the hospital that Georgina Mawle, who died last August at the age of 20 after a 10-year battle with leukaemia, was treated and Glynn was an acquaintance of the family.
Glynn said: “I had been thinking of supporting charities and decided it was best if I picked just one so that I can put all my effort into making a bigger impact. And what better than Cure Leukaemia, a Birmingham charity which aids research and develops new treatments for a disease that affects 7,000 people a year in the Midlands alone”.
Glynn, whose Purnell’s restaurant is in Cornwall Street in the centre of Birmingham, has agreed to sponsor the charity by wearing the Cure Leukaemia badge on all his TV appearances, using the logo on all his aprons and offering shopping and cooking experiences as part of a fund-raising campaign.
Jackie Kelly, general manager at the charity, said: “ With Glynn’s help we can greatly raise awareness of the charity and increase the amount of much-needed funding for the centre”.
Pippa Mawle, sister of Georgina, has just completed a trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and raised over £15,000 for Cure Leukaemia along the way.
Twenty-three-year-old Pippa, who lives in Cherington near Shipston said: “It was a very emotional journey and sometimes was very hard going. Just hours from the top I felt like turning back, but I promised Georgina I would do the trek and it was great when we reached the summit.
“I set myself an initial target of raising £3,000 for Cure Leukaemia but to realise over £15,000 with more funds expected, is wonderful. And with Glynn on board making people more aware of the charity and its work, I am sure we will be able to increase the amount of money going to the research and development of treatments”.


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