Cathy Gilman
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A Happy Christmas Thank you

Cathy Gilman
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18 Dec 2014

I love Christmas, but New Year for me is always a funny mix of poignancy that another year has disappeared so quickly as well as anticipation and excitement for a new year ahead. It’s one of the few times I really do pause and reflect to see if I’ve lived up to the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research belief that life is a gift to be used wisely and lived fiercely.


Once again our unstoppable team of researchers, patients, clinicians, volunteers, fundraisers and employees have helped us to make even more progress. £ Millions have been raised and invested in stopping people from dying; improving patients’ lives and stopping blood cancers happening in the first place.

Laughter and tears

I’ve been to fundraising events up and down the country, visited researchers, cheered loudly at events and probably laughed and cried in equal measure as we’ve celebrated successes as well as mourned the loss of much-loved friends.

Extraordinary Team

Most of all as I look back over the year, I am so humbled by what this extraordinary team of people achieve together. The curiosity and cleverness of our researchers; patients so willing to share their experience to help others; dedicated fundraisers come rain or shine baking cakes; running marathons; shaking collecting tins; if it can raise money they can do it; and our lovely dedicated, creative, slightly bonkers team of employees who have to be kicked out of the building at night, because they are so committed!

The Gift of Life

What a wonderful privilege it is to be Chief Executive of this very special charity, made special simply because of extraordinary people who think they are just “doing their bit” but who together are changing the world for patients and their families. Together we are giving the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.

Thank you

Thank you for being part of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, I know there is still a lot of work to be done but we will not stop until we’ve beaten blood cancers.

Have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year.



Cathy you are a true inspiration and wonderful person. I wish you and your family a lovely Christmas and all the very best for 2015. I look forward to seeing you in 2015 and the new year bringing us all a step closer to Beating Blood Cancer giving everyone a beautiful life to lead. Xx


I was privileged to meet and chat with you in Birmingham this year, and also to visit HQ in November where I worked with some of the team. I also helped at the Birmingham Bikeathon and met others from HQ. You are all an inspiration.I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and that I will meet up with some of you again in 2015. Keep up the fantastic work