Who could forget the hilarity and joy 1950’s film star / actress / saxophonist Kay Kendall brought the world? Sadly, leukaemia cut her life short at 32 years in 1959, yet her show-stopping performances in the likes of “Genevieve” and “The Reluctant Debutante” remain indelibly imprinted on many memories.
The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund was established in 1984 under the will of the late James Sainsbury CBE. The Fund supports scientific research into the haematological malignancies and patient care initiatives for those with leukaemia and related malignancies.
The Lymphoma Myeloma Leukaemia Fund (Wales) (LLMF), established in 1996, is a small Welsh charity that founded and still supports the vital operation of Swansea Health Board’s (ABMU) bone marrow transplant unit in Singleton Hospital, Swansea’s Haematology Department.
This pro-active charity’s present project is the establishment of a home haematology nursing service for very frail patients in South West Wales, in collaboration with the local Health Board’s Haematology Department. It is committed to building this service over a three year period, where after it is hoped the local Health Board will sustain it.
Outstanding aid has been received from local fund-raisers and donors towards the over £250,000 cost of this project but its goal would not be attainable without The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund’s £25,000 grant towards the highly specialised training necessary for the staff involved.
The LLMF (Wales) and the patients it supports wish to express widely their deepest gratitude to The Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund.