Alastair Campbell is Chairman of Fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Alastair’s best friend and colleague John Merritt died of leukaemia in 1992 and six years later, John’s daughter Ellie also died of the disease, aged 9.
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 Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Since then, Alastair has completed several marathons and triathlons, raising over £1million for our charity.
In June 2009, Alastair launched The Big Five-0 fundraising campaign – asking 50 organisations or individuals to raise between £5,000 and £50,000 each to celebrate the charity’s 50th anniversary.
Speaking at the Big Five-0 launch, Alastair said: “It is never easy for charities to ask for money and it is certainly harder with the current economic situation. But good causes do not go away with bad times. On the contrary, the need becomes greater.
"I am looking for companies to help us get closer to a cure for leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. By coming together to raise money, these companies will help us save lives. ”
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