A Few Very Personal Thoughts

Raising money and helping any worthy cause is an achievement that deserves a very special ‘Thank You’, especially so if those we owe so much to consider themselves to be just ordinary people. Well – you are not! You are very extraordinary, and without your help and others like you, ‘Daniel’s Light’ would not be the success that it is.

You have taken it upon yourselves to do more than we ever hoped or dreamed about, even in our wildest dreams, and because of your selfless efforts every person who contracts Leukaemia will also have one very important thing – HOPE!

The ongoing task of fund raising, the preparation for the ‘next event’, the ‘thank you’ letters and many phone calls are all part of our grieving for Daniel.

It helps.
It helps tremendously, but the pain is always there.
It does not go away or even decrease.
It is still as blindingly sharp as it was that tragic night in May 1995.

We still have friends from both hospitals, who visit, write or ring. That shows what special people they are. You see, they still care. It also shows us how brave and special Daniel was to so many people. He certainly left his mark!

His aura lives on among everyone who knew him. This is why Joyce and I find it so easy to keep his name alive

It is also why the monies from ‘Daniel’s Light’ are going to the sharp end of medicine at the Adult Leukaemia Unit.

We are going to beat Leukaemia, BELIEVE IT!

Daniel, like each of and every one of us, was a child of the universe. He was, and is now a free spirit. He belonged to no one. No one owned him yet so many of us belonged to him! He evoked the spirit of leadership. His attitude was not ‘go there’, but rather ‘follow me’. He believed that if fund raising could make the job easier, especially for the nurses, then the beneficiary would always be the patient.


Thank you for taking the time to understand the whys, the wherefores, the aims and the objectives of his campaign!

Please remember that your ideas are extremely valuable commodities, so if you feel that you would like to help to keep the ‘Light’ shining brightly, and to help us with ‘The Critical Care Campaign’ please get in touch!

Kindest Regards – Joyce and John Shacklock