Alastair’s close friend and colleague John Merritt died of leukaemia in 1992, and six years later John’s daughter, Ellie, also died of the disease, aged nine.
In 2003, while still working as Director of Communications for Tony Blair, Alastair took on the London Marathon. The story hit the headlines and he raised more than £370,000 for Bloodwise. Since then, Alastair has completed several marathons and triathlons, raising over £1 million for our charity. He, along with his literary agent and leukaemia survivor, Ed Victor, started our 'An Audience With…' events, which have so far raised £160,000.
Alastair says, “Leukaemia, the cancer that brought me into this fight when it killed both my best friend and his daughter, was once a virtual death sentence for children. Now, thanks in large part to the research work done by Bloodwise, nine out of ten children will be treated and will survive. But survival rates among adults have not improved as dramatically, so the work must go on to make sure they do.”
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