Ed Balls, Super Kali Mountford and Alan Johnson
I am delighted to tell you all that the campaign to get a compulsory talk to all second year 6th form students about blood, bone marrow and organ donation became one step closer to reality today.
Commitments have now been made from both our Secretaries of State for Health and Education, Alan Johnson and Ed Balls, that they are going to do everything they can to make this happen.
Thank you so much.
Britain will really lead the way in educating our young adults from this day forward.
I am absolutely thrilled and would again like to thank all of you wonderful readers for keeping up the pressure too. (Have a look at the video report below to see just how good the MP turn out was!)
Someone commented that this whole project, your determination to make this happen and the interactivity with all your parliamentary representatives, really restored a sense of democracy and being able to do something positive.
I could not agree more and it has been genuinely wonderful working with all of you on this.
I have to add too, how many people have cabinet ministers saying they have felt like they have been running your fan club for the past five weeks?!
Click here to watch Mr Balls, Mr Johnson and Ms Mountford - I think you will like it.
The results from today's unprecedented event at Westminster include:
1. Commitment to roll out the Give and Let Live Scheme to all 14/15-year-olds from September.
2. It's too short notice to begin a similar talk in a more adult context for 17/18-year-olds from this September. But colleges and schools will be written to to take part in voluntary events. I know many of you are already but here is a great chance for you to express your support for this initiative by writing to the top people.
3. If this proves successful, the talks can be developed and rolled out as part of the national curriculum for the following academic year.
4. Several MPs and cabinet ministers gave a blood sample and joined the Anthony Nolan Trust's bone marrow register.
5. Many more signed our petition and took away special packs explaining how to set up clinics in their own constituencies.
On general reflection I would say that was a success.
Once again massive thanks to Kali Mountford MP for making this all possible and legendary Huddersfield Examiner reporter Katie Campling who has worked so hard behind the scenes to pull this off.