Belford man Christopher Matthews-Maxwell recently hosted a reception at the House of Commons in London.
Mr Matthews-Maxwell, who was made an MBE last year, is chairman of Leukaemia CARE, the national medical and care charity.
The event was held on Friday to coincide with Blood Cancer Awareness Month and the launch of a report commissioned by Leukaemia CARE titled Living with Leukaemia.
The event was well attended by politicians, clinicians, representatives from Government departments and the pharmaceutical industry and, most importantly, by a number of patients, their families, carers and friends.
It is hoped that the report and its findings will lead to better outcomes for leukaemia and blood cancer sufferers by enhancing the excellent working and collaborative relationships which already exist between those involved in diagnosis, treatment and care.
Mr Matthews-Maxwell is also vice chairman of DISC (Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities). DISC is a charity focused on the promotion of inclusivity by the provision of help and support for disadvantaged and socially-excluded members of society.
Mr Matthews-Maxwell has a number of other public appointments in the fields of health and social care, with the latest coming in May.
Meanwhile, the North Northumberland Fundraising Group of Bloodwise is holding its popular Holy Island Forget Me Not Walk on Sunday, September 24, at 11am.