About Tony

 
Tony Caldwell
Tony on the summit of the
Himalayan Panchase Peak
Tony Caldwell lives in Worcestershire and has been involved with Bloodwise since 1977 (the Leukaemia Research Fund at that time) - when his son, Simon (pictured, right), was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 3.

Although Simon died when aged 5½, Tony's work for the charity has continued.

Tony has two daughters, Vanessa and Joanna.
Simon Caldwell
Simon Caldwell
 
He became Secretary of the Coventry & Nuneaton Branch of Bloodwise (then the Leukaemia Research Fund).

He then helped to establish new fundraising Branches in Rugby and Bromsgrove, and he founded the Redditch and Alcester Branch of which he was chairman for many years.

He has arranged many events, both large and small, varying from jumble sales and coffee mornings, raising around £50 a time, to concerts making over £1,000 and sponsored walks producing in excess of £10,000 on each occasion.
Tony Caldwell receiving a cheque
Tony receiving a cheque
Tony on a walk
Tony by the River Severn at the end of Offa's Dyke Path
Running the London Marathon raised £5,000, and he also completed the 40 mile Lyke Wake Walk in the North Yorkshire Moors, the 190 mile Wainwright's 'Coast to Coast' walk, Offa's Dyke Path (Prestatyn to Chepstow) and the Three Peaks Challenge (Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis).

Further exploits have included the 'Tour Du Mont Blanc Trek' and several journeys in the Himalaya, trekking in the areas of Annapurna and Everest and undertaking a rare journey inside the ancient, remote 'Last Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang', the borders of which touch China/Tibet.

He now gives talks, with computer-projected photographs, to many groups and organisations describing his different travels, with all monies being donated to Bloodwise.
Tony Caldwell with Gloria Hunniford on Channel 5
Tony on Channel 5 with
Gloria Hunniford
Over the years, he has personally raised over £½ million.  In 1993, in recognition of his work, he was one of the first recipients in the country of the 'Certificate of Merit' of Bloodwise (the Leukaemia Research Fund, at the time).

An appearance on Channel 5's television programme 'Open House with Gloria Hunniford' highlighted his achievements.

In 2006, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his 'charitable services to Leukaemia Research'.
Tony Caldwell with MBE at Buckingham Palace
Tony with his MBE at
Buckingham Palace
 
Tony Caldwell with Mike Harding
Tony with Mike Harding
Formerly a manager with National Westminster Bank, he is a qualified badminton coach and sings with two choirs, one of which is a small madrigal group performing at National Trust properties.

He has led Age Concern Groups on holidays abroad, and enjoys travel and walking - particularly fell-walking in the Lake District.
Tony Caldwell with Su Pollard
Tony with Su Pollard