Dougray Scott, Peter Gordon, Lord Levene

From Dougray Scott, Actor and Leuka Mini Masters Host

“I met the late Professor Goldman over 10 years ago and I adored him. We became friends and I came to understand the importance of John and his charity and the work they do in leukaemia research. It was so sad when he died. It made me even more determined to raise as much money as I could for Leuka and I’ll continue to do that for as long as I can.

Leukaemia research is important because it can contribute to finding a cure for other cancers. Leuka do an incredible job and it’s something I’m very proud to be involved in.”

From Peter Gordon: Chef and Who’s Cooking Dinner? Founder

“In 1998 I was approached by Leuka to see if I’d donate two of my cookbooks to the charity; as it happened, I’d been a bone marrow donor to my youngest sister Tracey in 1995 – she is still alive and well and has since become quite a good and creative cook, which she attributes to my marrow. Since the transplant I’d been mulling over the idea of a unique fund-raising dinner in my head – I wanted to create something unique, so we came up with Who’s Cooking Dinner?. On the evening of the event the names of the guests are drawn from a hat by the chefs – it’s only then that anyone knows who’s cooking their dinner and therefore what menu they’ll be eating. So far we’ve raised over £5 million for Leuka.”

From Lord Levene of Portsoken KBE

“In 2012 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Catherine Lewis Centre, a specialist blood cancer unit, built with money raised by Leuka during my term in office as Lord Mayor. I was extremely pleased to nominate Leuka as the sole beneficiary of my appeal and fully supported Professor Goldman and his colleagues in their ambitious plans – to bring together in one building, patient treatment and clinical research. The charity has significantly improved the outlook for leukaemia in the United Kingdom and indeed world wide.”