It is a great pleasure to be with you, to mark 40 years of an organisation, that has done so much to pioneer such an important cause!
We are lucky in this country, to have the NHS, but even luckier to have those like the Sickle Cell Society to offer additional information and support, that goes above and beyond.
And just as importantly does work to raise awareness of a condition that is often misunderstood and at worst neglected.
So thank you to Michelle Salter, John James and your team for all you do.
If the last 40 years is anything to go by, the next 40 are going to be a great success.
I wish you all the best!