Needless to say it's been a very difficult few days but I have a little bit of news I think you will be interested in.
It had always been one of Adrian's plans for this blog to become a book. If things had worked out better he would have liked to have turned his posts into a book, with a happier ending of him getting better. Then at the end asking people to visit his blog to read updates, and check on how they could help with the fight against Leukaemia. As we know his story hasn't ended as he wanted.
However he did continue to work on the book idea behind the scenes - as reported in the Huddersfield Examiner here:
Adrian's words to live on in Baldy's Book
ADRIAN SUDBURY's award winning blog is to be captured in a book.
All his Baldy's Blog entries - and many of the fantastic comments of support he recieved - will be included in Baldy's Book, due out early next month (September). As well as the blog, there are also many family photos of Sudders and pictures from his time as a reporter on the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Prime Minister Godon Brown - who has vowed to back Sudders' bone marrow campaign - has written a personal foreword to the 144-page paperback book.
In it he says: "My father told me when I was young that everyone has the chance to make their mark on this world, whether for good or bad. Adrian has left his mark for good."
Radio 5Live presenter Victoria Derbyshire and plc chief executive Sly Bailey also pay tribute to Adrian's courage and personality. All profits from the book will go to the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust.
Baldy's Book is priced £7.99 plus £1.50 P+P (UK) and is available from www.merseyshop.com or call 0845 1430001 to place your order.
I'll be honest I didn't know how to feel about this book, but I think it's important to remember that ALL profits from the book will be going to the Anthony Nolan Trust. This will help people who are suffering from Leukaemia in Adrian's name. I have asked Merseyshop and it will be available for international shipping, so please keeping checking up on the blog to find out more details.
On that note as a few people have requested - there has been a bank account set up to allow donations to be made to the Anthony Nolan Trust in Adrian's name
ADRIAN Sudbury worked hard during the last months of his life to promote charities linked to leukaemia and bone marrow donation. Now, following his death from leukaemia on Wednesday, you can help carry on the support he started by donating to a bank account set up in his memory. The Sign Up For Sudders community bank account has been set up with Barclays bank to cater for donations from well-wishers or people who have organised fundraising events in the 27-year-old Examiner journalist's name. Adrian asked for money in the account to be divided equally between the Anthony Nolan Trust and Leukaemia Research - two charities close to his heart. Funds are crucial to the work that both charities do, as they are funded only by donations. Leukaemia Research is the only charity in the UK dedicated exclusively to researching blood cancers and disorders including leukaemia, Hodgkin's and other lymphomas and myeloma. They have 50 research centres in the UK trying to come up with new treatments, improve diagnosis and, crucially, find a cure for the 110,000 people living with leukaemia today. The charity also provides support for patients and their families. All this costs them around £20m a year - all funded by donations. The Anthony Nolan Trust runs one of the UK's two bone marrow registers and also runs campaigns to raise awareness of the need for more donors. It needs a constant supply of charity donations to fund its vital work - and help find a bone marrow match for the 16,000 people in the world currently waiting for a transplant and a chance of life. Adrian worked closely with the ANT during his Sign Up For Sudders campaign to get more donors on the register. The campaign began on May 19 after Adrian found out his condition was terminal and, as well as raising awareness, it aimed to push the Government to ensure all 17 and 18-year-olds are educated as standard about blood, bone marrow and organ donation. This wish is to become a reality in just a few weeks. When pupils go back to school in September, there will be Give And Let Live education packs waiting for their teachers. These have been adjusted to suit 16 to 18-year-olds thanks to Adrian's campaign and have been sent by the Government to every school and college in the UK, along with a letter from Health Secretary Alan Johnson and Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. It will not be compulsory for teachers to deliver the education talks - but the letter will urge them to fit a talk into their curriculum.
HOW TO DONATE TO SIGN UP FOR SUDDERS
*You can walk into any Barclays branch in the Huddersfield, Halifax and Dewsbury areas and ask to donate to the Sign Up For Sudders account.
*You can also send cheques, made payable to Sign Up For Sudders, to the Examiner office. Send them to: Sign Up For Sudders, Katie Campling, Huddersfield Examiner, Queen Street South, Huddersfield, HD1 3DU.