Sean Sean reads an extract from a poem entitled On Death, by Indian poet Khalil Gibran in honour of Adrian Sudbury at his memorial service. Thank you Kittylass for the vid upload !

Hollywood star to speak at journalist's memorial

Actor Sean Bean will be among the guests at the memorial service for campaigining journalist Adrian Sudbury today.

The 49-year-old actor will join friends, family and colleagues of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reporter who died in August of leukaemia.

Bean, who starred in Sharpe, Patriot Games and Lord of the Rings star will read an extract from a poem called 'On Death' by Indian poet Khalil Gibran.

The service starts at 2pm at Sheffield Cathedral and will be broadcast live on the Daily Examiner's website – believed to be the first time a UK newspapers has been able to provide such a broadcast, according to the Trinity Mirror daily.

The theme for the day is 'dress to impress'. A private family funeral was held in August but Adrian wished for this service to be a more open, upbeat affair.

There will also be a message from Adrian himself, read by the chaplain, a video montage of photos and video clips from Adrian's bone marrow awareness raising campaign.

During the final months of his life, the 27-year-old fought to have compulsory classes about bone marrow, blood and organ donation added to the sixth form curriculum.

He met Gordon Brown and was interviewed on BBC radio and Channel 5 by Natasha Kaplinsky who will also feature in the video.

Examiner reporter Katie Campling, who worked closely with Adrian on his campaign, said: "We're expecting a couple of 100 people but it's hard to put a definite figure on it.

"We're also expecting people to come up from London. Sean Bean met Adrian last year when they did an appeal for equipment at the leukaemia ward at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield."

  • An announcement is expected next week on whether thousands of pounds will be pumped into four pilot education schemes – all in response to Adrian's campaign. The projects would run as a joint venture between leukaemia charity Anthony Nolan Trust, the Department of Health and Department of Education.

    Teaching staff or volunteers would be trained to go into schools to speak to pupils about blood, bone marrow and organ donation. The four pilot areas are Huddersfield, Nottinghamshire where Adrian was born and two others yet to be named.


    Hollywood star in tribute to Sudders

    HOLLYWOOD star Sean Bean will attend the memorial service being held for campaigning journalist Adrian Sudbury next week.

    The Sheffield-born actor, 49, will give a reading at the service at Sheffield Cathedral on October 16.

    The service, starting at 2pm, will celebrate the life of Adrian, who died of leukaemia in August, aged just 27.

    Examiner reporter Adrian, who lived in Sheffield, had spent his last months campaigning to raise awareness about bone marrow donation – particularly among 17 and 18-year-olds.

    The achievements of his Sign Up For Sudders campaign will be highlighted at the service.

    Sheffield United fan Sean – known for his roles in Sharpe and Lord Of The Rings – will read an extract from a poem entitled On Death, by Indian poet Khalil Gibran.

    Sean had met Adrian in July 2007, when they both promoted a cancer campaign at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

    The Sheffield Leukaemia Blood Disorders Appeal aimed to raise £150,000 for equipment on the wards of the hospital, where Adrian underwent some of his treatment.

    Adrian and Sean planted a tree together in the hospital grounds as a lasting reminder of the appeal.

    Sean’s father Brian Bean, from Handsworth, had been receiving treatment for lymphoma – a form of cancer that affects the immune system.

    Adrian’s parents, Keith and Kay, said they were pleased that Sean would be at the service.

    They hope that his presence will bring a high profile to the event and help to spread Adrian’s message about bone marrow donation further.

    Keith said: “We are very pleased. He has supported leukaemia appeals in the past and it is very nice that he’s putting something back in this way. We are happy that he’s going to be at the service and I am sure he will be a big hit.”




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