Government writes to schools in tribute to campaigning journalist Adrian Sudbury

The Government today said today that it has written to every secondary school in the country urging teachers to tell children about bone marrow donation in a tribute to campaigning local press journalist Adrian Sudbury.

The digital journalist for the Huddersfield Daily Examiner died in August of leukaemia after spending his last weeks on a campaign which sought to make education about bone marrow donation more widespread in schools and colleges.

Today the Government responded to Sudbury’s e-petition on the Downing Street website, which was signed by more than 10,000 people.

It said: ‘Adrian Sudbury was a true hero whose selflessness and courage made him an inspiration to all who knew him and many who didn’t”, in its official response to a petition posted as part of Sudbury’s campaign on the Number 10 Downing Street website.

‘Adrian’s memory will continue to inspire action for many years to come, and the Prime Minister’s thoughts remain with his family and friends.”

The Government said today that it has written to every secondary school, sixth form and further education college in England to ‘stress the importance of this issue’and to urge them to consider using a free education pack and website, Give and Let Live, designed for 14- to 16-year-olds.

Sudbury won the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards digital journalist of the year award for 2008, one of many awards he won for his Baldy’s Blog, where he gained a global audience for his in-depth but clear explanations of his illness.

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