A Happy Christmas Thank you
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.
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 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.