Abigail E
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Meeting Rolls-Royce

Abigail E
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Abigail E
23 Oct 2014

Rolls-Royce runners took part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, fundraising to beat blood cancer after losing colleague Mark to AML in January this year.

As part of the corporate team at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Royston and I had the pleasure of attending a lunchtime reception at Rolls-Royce last Friday.

We were invited to meet a number of Rolls Royce colleagues who had taken part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge earlier this year, to fundraise for both ourselves and The Brain Tumour Charity. A team of 55 runners ran the 5.6k course around Battersea Park, raising a brilliant total of £25,000 to be split equally between the two charities. We were presented with the final cheques by Rolls-Royce CEO John Rishton, who not only took part in the challenge but was also one of the team’s most successful fundraisers.

We were very moved to learn of the reason why Rolls Royce colleagues had nominated Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as one of their chosen charities this year. In January the company lost a dear friend and colleague, Mark de Chazal, to acute myeloid leukaemia. Mark was diagnosed with AML in June 2013 and endured an intensive course of chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant in October. He initially responded well to the transplant and enjoyed two months at home, before learning on New Year’s Eve that the Leukaemia had returned and there were no realistic treatment options. Mark married his fiancée Sarah on 17 January 2014 and died just 9 days later aged 37. We were joined at the reception by Mark’s parents, his wife Sarah and sister Gemma who had also run the course. It was humbling to witness the support of a family who have so recently been through such a terrible tragedy, and a poignant reminder that we still have a long way to go to ensure that no one dies from blood cancer again.

 Royston and I with members of Mark's family and a representative from The Brain Tumour Charity     

It is clear from the conversations we had at Rolls Royce that Mark was a truly valued member of the team, and I personally felt honoured to have the opportunity to represent a cause that is working to beat the disease that took his life. It was also great to be able to engage directly with our corporate fundraisers, to talk about some of the recent achievements we as a charity have made and to thank the company in person for all their hard work.

Comments

24.10.2014

So sad to hear about Mark's passing - it goes to show that we've still got a long way to go before we beat blood cancer for good. At the same time it's wonderful that his colleagues at Rolls Royce came together to do something so positive in his memory and as someone who was fortuante enough to survive the treatment I cannot say how thankful I am to them for all their efforts.

24.10.2014

What a sad story, really reminds us of why we are here. Amazing that his colleagues and family are still getting behind him and the cause. Well done Rolls Royce.