Plymouth and District Leukaemia Fund

We help patients, who develop leukaemia & similar disorders, and who are treated in Plymouth, by providing equipment and facilities to enable them to have the best possible care and support.

Registered Charity 290480


Fancy a Camping / Caravan break at River Dart Country Park?   Chris and Wendy have organised another fun weekend, in aid of PDLF, on Friday 27th September until Sunday 29th September.  If you are interested, please contact Chris on 07854140374 or

Formal Opening of 12 extra beds on Bracken Ward.  On Monday 2nd  September a ceremony took place outside Bracken ward to mark the formal opening of 12 extra beds which will allow all the Haematology inpatients to be treated on the same ward, by the expert nursing and medical teams.  This was enabled by a donation of £200,000 from PDLF.  Adrian Copplestone, Chair of Trustees, thanked the many thousands of donors who had supported PDLF and made this possible.

The Shaugh Prior Parish Plod on 20th July raised £2,225 thanks to the efforts of the Alisha west and her team at the White Thorn Pub at Shaugh Prior.  A further donation is expected from Santander bank.

A Skydive by Julie Williams and Graham Parker raised £1,300.  Both landed safely.

About PDLF

People who develop Leukaemia (and similar disorders: e.g. Lymphomas, Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndromes & Myeloproliferative Diseases) require complicated treatments and often require long spells in hospital.  PDLF helps by providing equipment and facilities that are not available on the NHS, to enable them to have the best possible care and support.  Some patients come from further afield in the South West Peninsula for Stem Cell Transplants.

With the help of patients, relatives and volunteers, PDLF has raised over £1.8 million in the last 30 years and helped set up Stem Cell Transplantation & Molecular Biology and helped create better inpatient facilities and a new Day Case Unit.  Very little money is spent on administration and expenses: only insurance, licences and other requirements.

PDLF also supports research into malignant haematological diseases and this helps in the diagnosis and management of these illnesses.

Fundraising and Membership

It is easy to become a member of PDLF.

Simply email the Membership Secretary Joanna Farrugia with details of your name, address and email address. It is also helpful to give us some information on your interest in the Fund.

Membership fees are £5 annually, Families £7.50 annually.

Newsletters are sent out periodically and can be found on our News page.

The Annual General Meeting is held in April, and is a chance to meet other members.

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What we have done

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Barn Dance raised £1,164 and was great fun


Research is important because it stimulates people to think about new approaches and keep up to date. Haematology has been a rapidly developing field over the last 50 years, with many of the successes in understanding and treating cancer coming from research on blood diseases.

Plymouth has always been actively involved in Clinical Trials in both national treatment schedules and the use of new drugs. Professor Simon Rule heads up the Research Office, which is currently running 30 clinical trials.

PDLF has been pleased to fund research over the years

  • Mapping of leukaemia and lymphoma against local water distribution
  • Growth of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) cells
  • Immunity to CLL

PDLF has also funded 4 PhDs and has just approved another;  the supervisor is Dr Claire Hutchinson.

PDLF has also set up the Molecular Biology Laboratory and all the facilities for separating, culturing, freezing and storing Stem Cells for clinical use. In recent years, this has been outsourced to a commercial provider.

Our Trustees

Adrian Copplestone

Chairman & Secretary

Joanna Farrugia

Membership Secretary

Chris Allen


Tim Nokes


Dawn James


Jill Kuhr


Sarah Chooi


Lesley Teasdale

Research Trials Office

We currently have two vacancies and we are looking for a Treasurer

Need help?

We’re friendly and available to help, please reach out to us anytime and we’ll happily answer your questions.


PDLF, c/o Bracken Ward
Derriford Hospital
Plymouth PL6 8DH

PDLF, c/o A Copplestone
9 Beechwood Rise
Plymouth PL6 8AP

Phone: (01752) 774248

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