What a year of celebrations here in Great Britain and at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
From the Queen’s Jubilee to the determined efforts of Sir Ian Botham’s Great British Walk in April and the Calendar Girls’ Seasons of Love show coming up in October, it’s never been a better time to be involved with the charity. That fact hasn’t gone unnoticed in the build up to the Greatest Show on Earth.
When the Olympics comes to London in July and August this year, the flame that will signify the official opening of the Games will have travelled 8,000 miles across the UK and 8,000 people will have carried it over some part of that journey.
Many of them are our fantastic supporters.
From those who’ve become involved with the charity more recently (13-year-old Marcus Burnett and 17-year-old Daniel Redhead) to the more experienced volunteers, including Kaylet Smedley, who, at 80-years-young, recently received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 44 years of service. The torch relay is a symbol of courage, strength, endurance, support and success – something that each of our torchbearers knows a lot about.
Dom Goggins has time and again gone the extra mile, and a few thousand more, to raise money for the charity through a number of challenge events - he is being interviewed this week by BBC London about his extraordinary work - while Jack Marshall has overcome his own health problems in his Unstoppable bid to help beat blood cancers.
Those who have been directly affected by blood cancers (Neil Douglass and Hazel Staten, for example) and those who have supported us in memory of loved ones (including Kaylet and Damien Davis) all share the same traits as any athlete that will compete in the Games. Dedication, preparation, determination and inspiration feature highly in our supporters’ list of qualities, alongside being a part of a huge team who together are devoted to beating blood cancers.
It’s a testament to the work of our supporters that so many have been nominated to carry the torch as a symbol of their role in their communities, proving that heroes are found in all walks of life.