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Bloodwise friends, researchers and supporters recognised in New Year Honours

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12 Jan 2016

Linda Whitworth (pictured in 2013) has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her 40 outstanding years of voluntary work as the chair of Bloodwise in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Professor Charlie Craddock, an inspiration for and a lead instigator of our Trials Acceleration Programme, a world leader in transplantation and related research and much-loved clinician has been recognised with a CBE for his services to research. It is equally deserved for his charitable services to Bloodwise, Anthony Nolan, and Cure Leukaemia.

Literary agent Ed Victor also received the CBE honour. Ed Victor, with Alastair Campbell and Alan Yentob created our Special Audience events which have raised more than quarter of a million pounds for Bloodwise. Over the years they have featured captivating interviews with many notable people including Mel Brooks, Kevin Spacey and Stephen Fry. As a CLL patient Ed is certain that he is alive today thanks to research and dedicated clinicians.

Jean Oglesby, a Trustee of the Michael Oglesby Foundation, has also received much deserved recognition for her charitable work. We have been very fortunate partners with the Foundation on our Trials Acceleration Programme.

We were also pleased to see Harpal Kumar's leadership of Cancer Research UK recognised with a knighthood.

Our work entirely depends upon the dedicated support of so many people in so many ways, and we'd like to wish our heartfelt congratulations to those awarded honours in this list, along with a special thank all of our supporters, whose tireless efforts continue to make our life-saving work possible!