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Christmas with Bloodwise

Elizabeth-Anne ...
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18 Nov 2016

A perfect end to our first year of fundraising

Since coming home without our 12 year old son Lee in August 2014, the support we have received from Bloodwise has been so kind, so caring and so consistent.  My first phone call to the London office put us in contact with a professor studying the rare leukaemia which has taken our beautiful boy from us.         

Both Bloodwise teams in Edinburgh and London have made us feel supported, encouraged and valued during our first years of fundraising and although I had such regular contact and meetings and support from their Edinburgh office, I couldn't wait to meet the London team who had taken that initial call from me, and led me by the hand to the Professor now working on Lee's case for us.

My kind of event

The Bloodwise newsletter popped through my letterbox last year.  I read all the latest developments of the work that they do, but it was the event Christmas with the Stars at the Royal Albert Hall that jumped right off the page for me. I had to go and I had to meet the London team while I was there!  

The timing was perfect. We had just had our very first Live it for Lee Ball, where Emma Boffey from Bloodwise Edinburgh joined us along with our guest speaker - our researcher through Bloodwise - Professor Michelle West.  And in the same week I had visited the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Leukaemia Research along with Keri Wyatt from Bloodwise Edinburgh.

Why research matters

Whilst in London we took a trip to the Bloodwise London office, meeting Kate, Lizzie and Ellie and shared Lee's Story with them in person. My friend Jane was with me, and I'll never forget the expression on her face as we left that office - she was literally blown away by the research being funded and the impact that has on families like our ours. It was a privilege to share that moment with Jane as a neighbour, a friend and Lee's pal's mum, she had gone through every event with us and she could see now first-hand why my heart was in it so much.

Christmas with the Stars

We headed straight to the Albert Hall for dinner before the show drinking in the electric atmosphere in such an iconic venue. I can't tell you how exhilarating it was to be looking down from the choir seats onto the stage as the concert began. It was one of the most moving nights of music I've ever experienced, with famous faces, fantastic choirs and a fun atmosphere! And of course, it brought home the ultimate message of the importance of the blood cancer research that Bloodwise fund.

On leaving the theatre I had the pleasure of chatting with Andy from the London office, sharing our stories about the support that Bloodwise can offer to patients, parents and fundraisers. It was the perfect way to finish off our first year of fundraising and I'm just delighted that when I receive emails from the team now I can say I really did spend Christmas with the Stars.

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