Sue died at the age of 30 from acute myleoid leukaemia, which was already very advanced at the time of her diagnosis. Her death made me determined to help raise awareness and funds for the charity, especially as none of us recognised Sue's symptoms until it was too late.
Over the years I have been involved in activities such as supermarket collections, table top sales and sponsored walks, but my main fundraising focus is the Forget-Me-Not-Project website which I set up in late 2011. Over the past few years I have sought out over 300 actors, performers, TV personalities and sportspeople and asked them to pose for a photo holding a plush toy flower (which I chose because of its resemblance to the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research logo). I've also asked each of them to sign a specially designed autograph card.
Since 2012 I have been running regular online auctions selling these photo & card sets via Ebay and my website. My current Christmas auction is my biggest to date, with over 100 separate listings. It's not just photos either; over the years I've gathered together lots of signed theatre programmes, books, DVDs, posters and other memorabilia - some in person, some donated - and they always attracts a lot of interest at auction.
It’s been a labour of love and an amazing journey running The Forget-Me-Not Project; I've learned new skills (i.e. how to build a website), had some very memorable experiences, met lots of wonderful people, and, most importantly, I've been able to raise money to help further the vital work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in beating blood cancer.
I hope to raise much more money over Christmas and into 2015. Survival rates for AML and other types of blood cancer have increased greatly since Sue died, but there is still a way to go and I want to be part of beating it once and for all!
Read more about the Forget-Me-Not Project
Check out Fiona's current Christmas Auction