“THE most inspirational person I’ve ever met.”
The words of a TV journalist who has met some of the most famous people in the world.
But Natasha Kaplinsky was not talking about political leaders, heads of state or top sports stars.
She was paying the ultimate tribute to Adrian.
In a video message at the service she said: “People ask me who the person I am most impressed by is. They expect me to say a prime minister or A-list celebrity.
“But that’s not my answer. The person who impressed me the most was a man called Adrian Sudbury.”
There was also a personal video tribute from the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who met Adrian during the campaign.
He said: “"I wanted to meet Adrian because I had heard about everything he had done and tried to achieve. I found a modest man who knew that his life had been cut short but who wanted to show things could be done. I talked to him a few days before he died .
"His influence will spread over many many years and people will not forget a great man who was lost to us far too young."
Adrian was famous among fans of his online diary, Baldy’s Blog, for mixing sadness and emotion with his trademark humour.
His memorial service was no different. In the final months before his death on August 20 Adrian laid down plans for the celebration of his life at Sheffield Cathedral.
It was typical of his nature to plan ahead thoroughly, even writing his own message to be delivered at the event by the Rev Mark Newitt, chaplain at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
With characteristic wit Adrian wrote: “Hope there is a reasonable turnout, but let’s face it, it doesn’t really matter to me. I want today to be a celebration of my life and all the good times we have shared together.
“Feel free to have tears in your eyes, but I hope, more importantly, it will leave you with a smile on your face.”
He made sure of this with his choice of music; Bob Marley, a family holiday favourite, featured while the congregation later filed out to Chesney Hawkes’ The One And Only.
This was a student union favourite when Adrian was at Liverpool University and provoked tears and laughter from his many friends at the service.
Adrian was also keen for the memorial service to celebrate what he achieved with his campaign to raise awareness about bone marrow donation and hoped it would inspire people to continue his work. A show of cards with the names of 41 nations from around the world showed the impact of his campaign and blog so far.
But Adrian’s message was that his campaign can be taken even further by those he left behind.
He said: “Some people will think this was somehow my life's purpose, to kick off this campaign, and of course, had I never been ill, this would probably never have happened. You do realise it falls upon all of you to make sure this comes off now!”
As a symbol of passing his campaign on to family and friends candles from his funeral were lit and the flame passed around to candles held by the congregation.
Even such a solemn moment could not escape the Sudbury humour, as he chose another student favourite track, Take That’s Never Forget, to accompany the act.
As Adrian had asked there were smiles through the tears at the end of the service.
And he can rest assured that nobody who was there yesterday will ever forget it.