There are very many reasons why this country is special, and one of the most important is our voluntary sector.
I believe our voluntary sector is unrivaled in the world, we don't need to be motivated by tax breaks or special awards, we genuinely believe in helping others, without any reward other than the act itself. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is successful because of a movement of people who all believe in doing their best for others, from our researchers and clinicians, our energetic head office team and our thousands of supporters all over the country, the voluntary time we give enables us to make every second count in beating blood cancers and our reward is the lives we save. I therefore felt very privileged to represent our extraordinary people at a Diamond Jubilee Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday afternoon.
A perfect British Summer's afternoon, a lovely warm welcome from the Palace staff, wonderful brass bands and a classic afternoon tea-all with Her Majesty the Queen just feet away and best of all my mum at my side. There simply could not be a better way to recognise the exceptional voluntary support of this nation, and just chatting to volunteers from other charities as well as those who help to keep many of our national treasures operating, I felt slightly overwhelmed by the goodness of people that we just don't hear enough about in the press. Of course one of our greatest volunteers of all is Her Majesty the Queen, she has volunteered her life for others and has done an incredible job for 60 years, I hope that you have a wonderful Diamond Jubilee weekend being unashamedly proud to be British!