To coincide with the charity’s 50th anniversary, he made a short film for the BBC on the moving story of how – through one family’s determination to remember a little girl – the charity started, and has grown. Where once childhood leukaemia was a death sentence, now there is a 90 per cent chance of survival, in large part thanks to research funded by the charity.
Alastair is also heavily involved in mental health charities. He is an ambassador for Time to Change, the campaign to break down the stigma and taboo of mental illness, and has worked for both Mind and Rethink. He was voted Mind Champion of the Year for 2009, following an award winning documentary on his breakdown in 1986. He has written a novel around themes of mental illness, All In The Mind, and a personal account of depression, The Happy Depressive.His latest novel, My Name Is, tells the story of a young girl’s descent into alcoholism. He has since publication become an ambassador for Alcohol Concern.