Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, Happy birthday dear me, happy birthday to me.

That all sounds rather self-congratulatory but I’m using my birthday as a weapon to raise money so I’m vindicated, forgiven and a year older.

Ten years ago when I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) I wasn’t sure if I was going to live to 33 and now ten years later, I’m still here age 43; pretty good at maths too!

To celebrate the ten years since diagnosis (or as the Bee Gees would say, Stayin’ Alive), I’ve set myself a challenge to raise £10,000 for Leukaemia Care, the Worcester-based national charity that I’m a trustee of. The money will be spent training more GPs about the signs and symptoms of blood cancer. It will save lives.

So instead of showering me with gifts and cards this year, I’m encouraging you to throw money at me. That’s right, I’m making the ultimate sacrifice and giving up my birthday. No new socks and pants this year but we all get a warm and fuzzy feeling for doing the right thing.

Also, I got a target to hit, that £10,000 isn’t going to raise itself. So, join me, in wishing me, a happy birthday. Donate at www.justgiving.com/kris10 or text KTEN99 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.

All together now…for he’s a jolly good fellow…