My husband John Baker was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in February 1998 and died in July 1998. My family and friends wanted to raise money to help John in his illness. John asked his consultant where the money raised should go to be most helpful for other people. She suggested Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
After his death our friends wanted to raise more money in John’s name and to help other people who get one of the terrible blood related cancers. The Alternative WI Calendar was born.
We had no idea what would happen next. Thousands of calendars sold all over the world. A worldwide movie and stage show. Now the amateur dramatic productions all over the world are performing the stage show.
For my children and me the opportunity to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been extremely rewarding. I was very privileged to be made a Trustee of LLR, a charity that works extremely hard to help beat all blood cancers.
As a Trustee you have a direct insight of how the money raised is allocated and invested, how hard the scientific researchers are working to find why people get these blood cancers and how best to help treat them. This is skilled and time-consuming work which is why our fundraising is so essential.
Being involved with LLR for me has been a healing experience and I hope I will always be a good ambassador for this very worthwhile charity.
Read more about Angela's remarkable fundraising which has raised over £3 million to help us beat blood cancer.