HIS STORY has touched millions of people across the globe.
And tonight Huddersfield’s sports stars will pay tribute to the incredible achievements of Examiner reporter Adrian Sudbury.
Huddersfield Town players will wear black armbands as their way of remembering 27-year-old Adrian, who lost his battle with leukaemia last Wednesday.
The team will don the black bands– usually reserved as a mark of respect for club members who have died – during tonight’s Carling Cup second round game against Sheffield United at the Galpharm Stadium.
In another fantastic gesture, 50p from each matchday programme sold will be donated to the Anthony Nolan Trust, which runs one of the UK’s two bone marrow registers and matches leukaemia sufferers with donors.
Adrian passed away at the Nottinghamshire home of his parents, Keith and Kay, home last week, after battling the disease for 18 months.
He had dedicated the last few months of his life campaigning to get more people to sign up as bone marrow donors.
He also wanted the Government to make sure all young people in the UK– especially 17 and 18-year-olds– were educated about donation as standard.
His campaign, together with his Baldy’s Blog, captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world, winning him a clutch of awards and the backing of celebrities and top Government figures, including the Prime Minster Gordon Brown.
Town’s media manager Alisdair Straughan said: “ Adrian was an inspiration to a great many people and the team is wearing black armbands out of respect for him and the work he did in raising the profile of donors for leukaemia sufferers through the Anthony Nolan Trust.
“Sudders’ quest to bring into the public eye the need for donors and raise greater awareness of the illness captured hearts and imaginations locally and nationally and if we can supplement what he did in any way that’s a positive thing.”
Huddersfield Town players showed their support for Adrian’s campaign last month when they attended a clinic held at the Galpharm Stadium to encourage people to sign up to become bone marrow donors.