Sudbury, who died from leukaemia in August last year, started the campaign – fuelled by his blog – and secured significant funding for a pilot project to train volunteers to deliver seminars in schools and colleges.
Sudbury, who used his site Baldy’s Blog to lead a campaign to improve bone marrow donation education in UK schools and colleges, was 27 when he died.
“The memorial service will be attended by people who supported Sign Up For Sudders, as well as Adrian’s friends, family and colleagues.
“Also expected to attend are readers of Adrian’s award-winning online diary, Baldy’s Blog, where he chronicled the ups and downs of living with leukaemia.
“The service will feature a pre-prepared message from Adrian himself, video tributes from the media and colleagues, speeches from his family, friends and Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford, who helped with Adrian’s campaign,” according to a post on the site.
A host of fundraising activities have also been organised by Adrian’s friends and family, and donations in honour of his memory have already risen to £1,400, which has been given to the Anthony Nolan Trust.
“His Dad and I would merely say that the best way to remember Adrian is to get onto the donor register. We know many of you have already done so and we salute your determination to make a difference,” his mum added in the post.
In his latest post he explained that his dying wish was to ‘educate more people about what it is like to be a bone marrow donor’.
The Examiner has taken on Sudbury’s challenge by launching an official campaign, which will now see the journalist address health minister Alan Johnson and Ed Balls, secretary of state for children, schools and families, at Westminster, the paper reports.
At the meeting, he will explain the system in Germany, where school children are educated about bone marrow donation as part of their curriculum.