Mary Creagh praises late Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury in Westminster debate
Jun 25 2010 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
AN MP praised late Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury in a Westminster debate.
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh – who knew the reporter – paid tribute to his work promoting bone marrowdonation.
Adrian died in August 2008 aged 27 after a two-year battle with leukaemia. In his final months he led a high-profile campaign for better education about bone marrow donation.
Last year the Government committed £165,000 to the Register and Be a Lifesaver campaign, which will see trained volunteers going into colleges to explain the benefits of bone marrow donation.
Ms Creagh paid tribute to Adrian during a debate about human tissue at Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
She said: “In Huddersfield and Wakefield – my constituency covered part of Huddersfield until the last boundary change – we had a very brave campaigning journalist at the Huddersfield Examiner who, when he was dying in his mid-20s, launched a huge campaign, including writing a blog about his experience.
“Through that campaign, he engaged with a lot of young people to get them on to the bone marrow register.”
Ms Creagh added that children could benefit from learning about blood and bone marrow donation long before they are old enough to give.
The Labour MP said: “Actually, children themselves are incredibly generous and incredibly thoughtful.
“Obviously, it is different for babies and toddlers, but children from about the age of six or seven can start to work these things out for themselves.
“Perhaps there is a role for education in the classroom to get children to talk more seriously about these issues.”
Ms Creagh also discussed organ donation during the debate.
She said: “Most people want to make their own contribution and help to contribute to medical science.
“Unfortunately, however, the level of knowledge and debate on these types of issues is very low.
“None of us likes to think of our precious bodies being kept in a large fridge with medical scientists examining them.
“But that is how human progress – particularly progress in science – has been made for generations, even centuries.”