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George Alagiah’s Profound Final Message in Touching Memorial

In a solemn gathering at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, colleagues and loved ones came together to honour the memory of esteemed BBC News anchor George Alagiah. The service, held on November 7, saw an assembly of BBC personalities, including Nick Robinson and Fiona Bruce, alongside George’s family and distinguished guests like Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, paying homage to the journalistic icon who passed away from bowel cancer at 67.

An emotional highlight of the service was when Sophie Raworth stood before the congregation to deliver George’s final words, a poignant message he had imparted to his wife just weeks before his death. In a voice filled with emotion, Raworth shared, “We end the programme today with George in his own words. If you haven’t already told the people you love, that you love them, tell them. If you haven’t already told them how vulnerable you sometimes feel, tell them.” This reflection mirrored the introspective journey George experienced during his cancer battle.

Raworth continued with George’s message, underscoring the unpredictability of life and the importance of open-hearted expressions: “If you want to tell them that you would like to be with them until the front hall stairs feel like Everest, tell them. You never know what is coming around the corner. And if, lucky you, there is nothing around the corner, then at least you got your defence in first.”

George Alagiah’s struggle with bowel cancer became public when he was diagnosed in April 2014. After a brief interlude following treatment, he disclosed the cancer’s return in January 2018 and its terminal status in March of the same year. He voiced a poignant observation that earlier screening, as practiced in Scotland, could have potentially altered his prognosis. The disease progressed over the years, and in October 2022, George shared the news of its further advancement. The veteran journalist passed away in July, surrounded by his family, leaving a legacy of courage and contemplation.

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