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Richard Delderfield MBE tells Prince Charles ‘my son’s death was not in vain’ on visit to Buckingham Palace

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:00 20 March 2017

Richard Delderfield with daughter Lucy and wife Angela at Buckinham Palace

Richard Delderfield with daughter Lucy and wife Angela at Buckinham Palace

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A Long Melford man who has dedicated more than 30 years to raising money for a blood cancer charity has received an MBE medal from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Richard Delderfield has volunteered for Bloodwise since losing his teenage son, Paul, to leukaemia in 1985. He was awarded the MBE for services to the charity, which changed its name from Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in 2015.

Mr Delderfield, 74, who is honorary president of the national charity, said: “It is the strangest of feelings, a bit like going for an important job interview, or those days and hours before you get married, but with a great deal more humility.

“When Prince Charles asked me how much money had been raised and how much progress had been made, my response to the latter was ‘Sir, how much time do you have?’ – and I went on to say ‘I know that my son Paul’s death was not in vain’.”

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