A Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research fundraiser's lifetime commitment to the charity has been recognised with the naming of a world-leading laboratory at University College London (UCL), which is working to improve survival rates for childhood leukaemia, in his honour.
John Barrington MBE, who died in 2010, founded the Richmond and Twickenham Branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in 1971 after his son died of leukaemia. The Branch has raised over £1.6 million and John took part in fundraising activities up until his death last year. He was also Vice Chairman of the national blood cancer charity for more than 20 years.
In tribute to his dedication to funding research into blood cancers, the newly-named ‘Barrington Laboratory’ on 29 July was unveiled at the UCL Cancer Institute in Bloomsbury. The ceremony was attended by John’s widow, Pat, and their three children and grandchildren, along with the Chief Executive of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and world renowned researchers in the field of childhood leukaemia. The Barrington family were then shown around the laboratory to see the research into childhood leukaemia which is being carried out there.
Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “John’s dedication to fundraising inspired everyone he met and it’s a testament to his character that he made something so positive out of tragedy. John was passionate about research and the huge strides forward in leukaemia survival rates that the charity had helped to achieve. It’s really fitting that a laboratory which is striving to increase survival rates further still will bear his name.”