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‘I raised £56k in memory of my friend’

26 November 2014

Daniel Redhead, Humanitarian Citizen Awards winner

Daniel Redhead, now 20, tragically lost his friend James to leukaemia when he was 15 years old.

Since then, enterprising fundraiser Daniel has worked tirelessly to pull in the pounds for Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research.

What started as a few small-scale events gradually snowballed, and now Daniel has raised £56,000 for the charity.

He explained: "As soon as James passed away, I knew I wanted to keep his memory alive in the community. The way he dealt with his illness was so inspiring to us – he really rallied us all together."

Milestone moment

Since 2011, Daniel has run the Winterton branch of Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research. He also recently launched a local youth development programme, to inspire more people to volunteer with the charity.

He said: “There is a huge support network in the community. All the young people know about Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research – we do a lot of work with schools.”

Reaching the £50,000 milestone was one of Daniel’s proudest moments. He said: "My passion is to help make leukaemia more manageable for people, to raise awareness and to support the community. We always do our best."

Humbling triumph

Winning his category at the Humantiarian Citizen Awards in November 2014 was another big moment. He said: "At first, I couldn't believe I'd won because the competition was so strong - I'm really humbled.

“And it'll give me even more motivation to do even more to help people who are going through what James had to live through. It's been such an inspirational day."

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