Here at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, we've launched a series of new events titled The Bigger Picture.
Throughout the Autumn we're hosting these social events to come together with staff, volunteers, researchers, and a varierty of supporters to hear how we're all helping to beat blood cancer.
I was lucky enough to be involved in the first of these events, taking place in the North East, the area where the charity was first founded.
The evening started at 6.30pm with drinks reception and tasty canapes and was followed by a welcoming speech by Chief Executive Cathy Gilman. Cathy shared with attendees the reason for the charity being founded back in 1960, following the Eastwood family's sad loss of their daughter Susan to leukaemia. Cathy highlighted the important work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the vital role volunteers and supporters play in the continuation of vital research, and the family ethos that is key to the charity.
Professor Anthony Moorman shared an enlightening overview of the work of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Cytogenetics Group based in Newcastle, which is part of our portfolio of research taking place in the North. Anthony highlighted the importance of our charity's funding to the sustainablity and success of the Group's work.
Dr Vicky Forster shared her inspiring story of how she became involved with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Vicky was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 7, and 18 years after her successful treatment, Vicky gained her PhD in Cancer Research and is a great supporter of the charity!
A great source of fun was from our special jigsaw - attendees worked together to build the jigsaw with the inspiring and motivational message 'Together we will beat blood cancer'. The jigsaw couldn't beat us and we finished it, shown in the below picture.
On the back of the jigsaw pieces, people were also able to add their own message, which included:
"Now I know where I fit in to the Bigger Picture!"
"Keep up the good work - we will do our bit!"
"Fighting CML since 2010"
"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in the trial and helping to improve treatment for patients in the future"
If you'd like to come along to an event near you, we have the following The Bigger Picture events coming up in October, 6.30pm-9pm:
Tuesday 1st - Cardiff, Thursday 3rd - Leeds, Thursday 10th - Nottingham, Thursday 24th - London, and Wednesday 30th - Bath. You can find out more on The Bigger Picture section of our website.