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BBC WM Red Alert Appeal total reaches £178K

Fun run
Image caption A fun run at Sutton Park in May raised £30,000 towards the appeal

An appeal which aimed to raise enough money to fund five specialist leukaemia nurses in the West Midlands for a year has collected enough to pay for the equivalent of seven.

BBC WM 95.6's Red Alert Appeal has raised a total of £178,363 for Cure Leukaemia in the past year.

The nurses each cost about £25,000 a year to employ.

To mark the end of the appeal, some landmarks will be lit up red, including Birmingham University's Clock Tower.

Birmingham Town Hall and the Dudley Canal Trust Tunnel and Cavern will also be lit up from 18:45 GMT.

The fund's total was announced on the station's breakfast show by leukaemia patient Tony De Grey.

A fun run at Sutton Park in May raised £30,000 towards the appeal.

Other fundraising events included West Bromwich runner Dave Heeley, known as Blind Dave, driving a train along the Severn Valley Railway and breakfast show presenter Pete Morgan busking with 1980s singer Jaki Graham.

Cure Leukaemia estimates there are about 7,000 adult leukaemia patients in the West Midlands.

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