Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards
Last week I attended the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards and was proud to have been shortlisted in the category of Political Supporter of the Year.
The Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards are held annually to celebrate, recognise and thank the outstanding supporters who keep the pioneering blood cancer charity moving forward. Over the last year my team and I have supported Anthony Nolan in a number of ways, from promoting their education programme, The Hero Project, to leading a debate on black, Asian and minority ethnic blood, stem cell and organ donation.
It is a privilege to be able to use my position as an MP to raise awareness of stem cell donation among people from ethnic minority backgrounds – because no person should be faced with the prospect of being told that they have no match on the register.
Bedford Group, Bandhan Bedford, led by local woman Poonam Chand, did some fantastic work this year, organising blood stem cell drives and raising awareness around blood cancer and what it means to join the stem cell register. Inspired by the story of little Kaiya Patel (who has now received a potentially life-saving transplant and is now recovering) the support that they have given to this vital cause saw a tremendous increase in stem cell registrations in the constituency.aced with the prospect of being told that they have no match on the register.
Pictured here with Kaiya Patel’s Aunt and Uncle and Anthony Nolan chair of the Board of Trustees, Ian Krieger.