EXAMINER reporter Adrian Sudbury has won a top national award for his blog about his leukaemia battle.
Baldy’s Blog scooped the Guild of Health Writers Best Online Feature Award at a glitzy do just off The Mall in London last night.
Adrian, who has been battling two types of the cancer and underwent a bone marrow transplant in May, said: “I’m totally overwhelmed. I was back in hospital only yesterday morning regarding another complication.
“So to finish up the day receiving this incredible award is unbelievable.”
Judges, who included health editors and journalists from the Independent, Sun and Daily Mail, said they were impressed with how the blog had clearly explained some of the complex issues surrounding the disease. They also said it was accessible and enjoyable to read.
Our man picked up his award from writer and broadcaster Phil Hammond and said he was happy he didn’t have to make a speech because he genuinely hadn’t prepared anything.
Adrian continued: “It’s been such a difficult year and to think that I’ve been able to produce something that is useful and interesting to fellow professionals is really rewarding.
“But I could not have done this by myself. I would also like to thank the work my colleague Gemma Castle has done with all the videos in Huddersfield and Liam McNeilis for all his hard work behind the scenes, putting the blog together while I have been in hospital or too ill to write.”
Adrian received a certificate along with a cheque for £1,000.
He attended the event with girlfriend Poppy and said they had an excellent time.
“It was a lovely evening,” he said. “At some points over the past 10 months it seemed like I would never be able to leave my isolation room, let alone do anything like munch canapes and sip champagne.
“That made it all the more special and I savoured every minute of it!”
To read Adrian’s account of the night and see more pictures visit www.examiner.co.uk
More than £700 was raised for The Anthony Nolan Trust after a talk by Adrian at the Examiner Community Awards on Monday.
The final tally was £706.
Awards night ... see the video at www.examiner.co uk