THE Prince of Wales has said he is praying for campaigning leukaemia sufferer Adrian Sudbury.
Prince Charles said he hopes Adrian’s “spirited fight” to educate more people about bone marrow donation is a success.
The future king’s comments came in a letter from his official residence, Clarence House, in response to the Examiner’s request for him to support our Sign Up For Sudders campaign.
The campaign was started three months ago by Examiner journalist Adrian, 27, when he discovered the leukaemia he was suffering from was terminal.
He decided to spend his last few weeks raising awareness about the need for more donors to sign up to the bone marrow register and give a chance to the 16,000 people in the world who need a transplant to live.
Adrian has also waged a high-level campaign with the Government to ensure all 17 and 18-year-olds are educated as standard about donation.
The Examiner wrote to Prince Charles to see if he would lend his personal support to Adrian’s campaign and also what scope there would be for his Prince’s Trust charity to become involved.
While the prince cannot directly support the campaign he said his Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health may be able to assist.
The Clarence House letter said: “His Royal Highness is grateful to you for taking the trouble to let him know about this inspirational young man and the campaign.
“The Prince of Wales hopes that your campaign is a great success and will pray for Adrian as he continues his battle.”
Adrian’s efforts have also attracted praise from London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The Examiner originally contacted Mr Johnson’s office to see if they would circulate a link to our online petition on the Downing Street website.
The petition, which closed on July 23 with 11,301 signatures, called on the Government to ensure better education about donation as standard in UK schools and colleges.
Mr Johnson said: “Adrian Sudbury is a courageous man who has conducted an amazing bone marrow donation awareness campaign while battling his own cancer.
“Adrian’s positive work has helped dispel the myths about donating bone marrow, which will help save thousands of lives.”
To find out more about Adrian’s campaign visit http://baldyblog.freshblogs.co.uk
Contact www.anthonynolan.org.uk, www.blood.co.uk or www.uktransplant.org.uk for more details on bone marrow, blood and organ donation.