It's safe to say that September has been an absolutely unbelievable month in which you've played a huge part and helped ensure our most successful ever Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
Thanks to your support we've more than doubled the amount of press coverage that we received over the same period last year while your blogs, videos and Facebook Live interviews have helped us reach more than 3 million people on Facebook - three times our reach from last year!
You've also done so much to raise awareness in your local communities not least in putting up our posters and writing to your MPs. This blog is tribute to all your wonderful efforts over the past few weeks :)
1. Taking fundraising to the next level
You raised the bar when it came to fundraising (and supporting fundraisers) in September. Charlie Toon went to Newcastle to cheer on our Great North team while George Norton had the ingenious idea of introducing a swear box at work.
Talking of boxes, Wendy Leigh has asked for some boxes of Bloodwise wristbands to put in her local Starbucks and pub to drum up some extra awareness and donations to the cause. Huge thanks, too, to Anna Mamwell who has helped her friend add a Bloodwise diffuser to the Bloodwise candle range on her website.
However this month's stars of the show are our four intrepid L2P cyclists who completed the gruelling 500 km London to Paris ride in just 4 days. Paul, Mark, Joe and Rich take a bow!
2. The Big Welsh Car Show
A huge thank you to Kate Giles and Dan Holloway for all their brilliant support at the Big Welsh Car Show which was a huge success and raised more than £22,000 - more than double last year's total.
A special mention should also go to Helen Allen who shared her experiences in the programme for the event.
3. Speaker's House
On Wednesday 14th September 19 of you joined us at our Speaker's House event where we launched the Ambassador programme and talked to MPs, consultants, pharmaceuticals and other charities about blood cancer and some of the issues facing patients.
It was a fantastic evening (even if it was on the hottest day of the year in a room with no air-conditioning) where you were you were the stars of the show and really left an impression on the decision makers in the room.
I think the true power of the patient voice was recognised by everyone in the room not least after Paul Carless's brilliant speech and you are the pioneers of that voice.
A huge thank you to everyone that attended and for those of you that didn't come rest assured there will only be more opportunities like this going forwards.
View photos from Speaker's House
4. Record press coverage
As a direct result of you sharing your stories we were able to get record press coverage during Blood Cancer Awareness Month which is fantastic. First and foremost that was in the form of articles in the regional press like this brilliant piece on Ann Bromley:
However we also got radio and TV coverage too. Luke Ponsonby appeared on BBC Radio Wiltshire while Anna Mamwell also made an appearance on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
Katie Ruane also appeared on London Live alongside our Director of Patient Services and acting CEO, Diana, and did a brilliant job of getting the key messages about Blood Cancer Awareness Month out there.
If you'd like to be considered for future press work and haven't yet shared your story please contact Steph or Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Spreading awareness in your local area
A number of you have been doing a brilliant job raising awareness in your local area by putting up our posters and handing out our leaflets and patient info in your local shops, cafes, GP surgeries and beyond.
This really is so, so important as it helps raise our profile and the more people that know who we are and the services that we offer the better.
We're also loving the photos you've been sending us of your posters up in all their glory. Here's some of our favourites of the photos we've received so far:
1. Dan Holloway
2. Derek Louttit
3. Derek Louttit
Going forwards we're looking to extend this initiative beyond Blood Cancer Awareness Month so if you want any posters or info booklets please do email us at email@example.com
Read our Blood Cancer Awareness Campaign blog to find out more.
6. Flying the flag on Social Media
From sharing, liking and commenting on posts to agreeing to us using your blogs and patient videos as case studies you've helped us achieve a record month on Facebook. We've reached more than 3 million people and, more importantly, our engagement levels are at an all time high!
Highlights include the Lymphoma Awareness Day post which featured Samantha Farr's brilliant blog about her experiences with Hodgkin lymphoma which was seen by almost 200,000 people and, of course, the three Facebook Live Q&As.
A huge thank you to Katie, Brett and Federica for helping out with these and to all of you that tuned in and submitted a question. If you haven't watched the Facebook Live Q&As yet you can watch them again by clicking on the links below:
It wasn't all about raising awareness during September. There were also some significant milestones. Louise Macleod and Alison Park both celebrated 3 years in remission after respective stem cell transplants while Wendy Leigh also became a proud grandmother.
There was also an impromptu Ambassador meet up which we hope will be the first of many.
All in all it was a wonderful September that will take some topping and I cannot thank you all enough for everything that you've done and continue to do to help us raise awareness. It's been a pleasure working with you all and I look forward to working with you ever closer going forwards - the gold jacket may even make another appearance!