Ben Sykes
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Ben Sykes
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30 Oct 2014

The UK wide Connect events have been a success in so many ways.

At Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research we're always really excited to be able to share the impact that our charity is having and how our supporters are enabling us to beat blood cancer.  We were really excited, therefore, to have the opportunity to demonstrate our impact at a local level at a series of events around the UK this month.

The Connect series of events took place in 6 cities; Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Exeter and London and at each of those events we were able to share the progress Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been able to make since we began in 1960.  At each event we were taken on a tour of the last 60 years and it was fascinating to hear how much has changed in research.  Just 54 years ago scientists who were investigating the possibility of treating cancers were not considered sane, yet now 9 out of 10 children survive the most common form of childhood leukaemia.  It was startling to hear the stories of progression.

Our story as a charity isn't one of stats, however, and it was hearing from brave and passionate patients and pioneering clinicians and researchers that helped me to understand the real impact that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has had.

The events weren't just a time to reflect and pat ourselves on the back though, they were, as the name suggests, a time to Connect.  At each event there was a mix of people, all united in their drive to beat blood cancer, from patients to fundraisers and from researchers to staff and I had a fantastic time hearing stories of hope and positivity, often in the most trying of circumstances. 

Most of all though, I realised that with the support of such an incredible and diverse cast of people there's no doubt in my mind that we will beat blood cancer.



Was thrilled to attend the Birmingham event and it was another fantatsic day. It's always great to hear the fantastic developments in blood cancer research, it gives us great hope for the future and acts as another reminder as to how important what we do it. Another great talk by Chris, and fantastic support by guest speakers!


Thanks for your comments Danny, it was great to see you there!. We have been planning over the last couple of days for what should be a really exciting 2015 in the regional fundraising team.


Great to see you too Ben. I look forward to what 2015 has to offer!


Great blog, I really enjoyed the Glasgow event, and the buzz at the end of the evening was wonderful!



I thoroughly enjoyed Connect in London as always the events you lovely people arrange are really informative, interesting, humbling and inspiring. Shame you couldn't be at London Ben, as always good to see you. Great to see Caitlin and Sophie. Look forward to seeing you all in 2015.