The first piece I did was for the Leukaemia UK website in November 2019. I wrote a piece for them about my treatment and recovery, increasing both awareness for the charity and for APML.
In December I was a part of the Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal, raising money for their chosen charity – Leukaemia Care. I was featured in the newspaper with a picture of me and my youngest son Harry, talking about the costs involved with cancer. There was also a web article published too. Over the course of December there was a different story published each day and overall the appeal raised over £188,000, breaking the record for the most amount of money that the annual Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal has made which is incredible!
NHS Give Blood
In January I was asked by NHS Give Blood if I would be willing to share my story, as part of their campaign to recruit more blood donors in the new year. A presenter from BBC Radio Leeds came to my house in the morning, which aired live, and they recorded an extra part to be played during the rush hour later in the day, this was both terrifying and exciting, I was incredibly worried I would mess up live on air but luckily I didn’t and it went well! My youngest son Harry loves singing and has his own microphone that he kept showing the presenter, who kindly gave him his microphone topper to keep! I then had a couple of hours before the Look North team came to film me for the 6pm show that day! This was a short interview that was played at 6pm, 10pm and featured on their social media channels. I was sent a wonderful email 3 days after my campaign aired, informing me that they had 15,000 new donors registered in just 3 days, and their target for the month was 32,000, so that was absolutely astounding, and I’m very proud to have played my part in it.