I wish to nominate one of my direct reports, Andrew Willett for his work with the Brain Tumour UK charity, a charity committed to fighting brain tumours through scientific research which improves the quality of life for patients and identifies better treatments.
Andrew has been involved with the Charity for many years since his youngest son Georgie was diagnosed at just 2 years old and treated at Great Ormond School. Andrew and his wife Eileen created a Just Giving page on the Charity website following Georgie's death in August this year with the aim of raising £5000 towards research into the disease. To date almost £20,000 has been raised and Andrew and his family continue to raise awareness of the charity through other fundraising activities.
Over the coming months, his team will be supporting him in organising a sponsored bike ride, cycling the course of the London Olympic Marathon course on Boris Bikes! Andrew, his family, friends and colleagues alike will be joining in the event too.
Georgie was first diagnosed when he was just twenty-two months old, and he underwent extensive surgery and chemotherapy for eighteen months. He was incredibly brave, strong and resourceful, and this allowed him to lead life to the full at school, at sport and with his friends and family. Cruelly, eight years after finishing treatment, the disease came back. Over his remaining two years, despite several operations, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other treatments, Georgie never let his hardship affect his good spirits, his optimism, his love of life and his beautiful sense of humour.
Andrew's family are London based, the two eldest boys, Jamie and Matthew go to Highgate School. All Andrew's sons are sport mad (Georgie was a keen Arsenal supporter) and it would be a great honour that Andrew and his wife Eileen would so appreciate, if he and his two sons ( 12 & 14) could jointly carry the Olympic torch on behalf and in memory of their younger brother Georgie, for part of th