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
12th November 2020
The Trustees met virtually last night. The donations have dried up since the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are still in good shape. The Sonic-aid ultrasound machine which helps with vascular access in use and greatly appreciated by patients and staff. The trustees agreed the funding to replace the exercise foot pedals on Bracken Ward. We are planning to hold the AGM for 2021 in April, probably using Zoom or MS Teams to keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued support for PDLF in these difficult times.
Adrian Copplestone, Chair of Trustees
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.
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.
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
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.
Chairman & Secretary
Research Trials Office
We currently have two vacancies and we are looking for a Treasurer
We’re friendly and available to help, please reach out to us anytime and we’ll happily answer your questions.