Over the past month we’ve been really busy in the regional fundraising team, hosting our inaugural ‘Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research presents The Bigger Picture’ events up and down the country.
The concept behind the event was simple, we wanted to bring our supporters together and tell them about the great work that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is able to undertake thanks to their support. The cross section of supporters in attendance at each event was vast. We were lucky enough to welcome people who have been supporting the charity from the very start of our journey, 53 years ago and also people for whom this was their first contact with the charity.
The Bigger Picture took place at 6 cities across England and Wales, from Newcastle in the north to Bath in the south west. At each event local people were introduced to local research projects and heard stories of local patients and fundraisers, all of whom were united and absolutely driven to help us to ensure that every patient that is diagnosed with a blood cancer can live their life to the full, free from fear of relapse and able to do the things they love.
It was so vital to be able to tell those local stories that give hope and inspire and in that way each event was amazingly unique, no two stories were the same and each person’s journey with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was different. One constant theme, across each evening, however, was that each person in the room contributed to help us to complete a giant jigsaw, which, when complete, read TOGETHER WE WILL BEAT BLOOD CANCER.
The completion of the jigsaw not only looked fantastic and conveyed a strong message, but also had a special purpose. On the back of each jigsaw piece people had the opportunity to write their own message and tell us how they would help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to beat blood cancer. Here are some of my favourite messages:
"Now I know where I fit in to the Bigger Picture!"
“Fantastic charity. Brilliant work. Amazing people!"
And finally, a light hearted message from one of our incredible Calendar Girls:
“Stay fruity and full bodied always! Ms October x x”
The events were a huge success and we had some incredible feedback from supporters. Jo Bray, a trustee of the charity, had this to say of the Bath event:
“The evening was wonderful. It was lovely to be able to catch up with friends and also meet new people who are passionate about our charity.”
Whilst Jayne Archer, who sadly lost her husband Mark to blood cancer had this to say about the London event:
“I really enjoyed last night, it was really informative and inspiring to hear the stories of survival, research and again to hear how it all (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) began”
The events really did mark a new way for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to present the work currently being undertaken to beat blood cancer and, for me, it was an absolute honour to stand in a room with people who care so passionately about the charity and share my belief that there is no doubt that together we will beat blood cancer.