- LIBRA stands for the ‘Lions International Blood Research Appeal' and it was founded in 1976. Two years later, Lions Clubs in the South East of England agreed to support us and established a Charitable Trust, devoted to LIBRA. Our aim is to raise funds for the Department of Haematological Medicine at King's College Hospital, London, for equipment that is vital for developing cell therapies. With the support of Lions Clubs and the public we have already raised more than £500,000.
- As a forward-thinking organisation, we are investigating ways to gain supporters and also increase funds. We have recently hit a fundraising target of £249,000 that has been donated to the ‘Acorns to Oaks' project, launched by King's to raise money for diagnostic and technical support equipment, in their new Global Centre for Excellence.
- We work closely with Professor Ghulam Mufti, the Head of the Haematology Unit at King's College and his fantastic team. The various pieces of equipment that we help to provide are used by the professor and a team of nine other professors who are experts in various medical fields to include gene therapy, stem cell biology and bone marrow transplantation.
- Lions Clubs throughout the South East and beyond support LIBRA and you can find out more about this special Lions Charity by going to the website http://www.libralionscharity.org
- In the summer of 2012 we started a new appeal under the slogan 'Giving4Growth' to provide further much needed specialist equipment for the Centre of Excellence at Kings College Hospital.