Posted: 18th November 2016

We’re very excited and proud to announce that we have been nominated for an Anthony Nolan Supporter Award.

Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer by matching stem cell and bone marrow donors with people who urgently need transplants. They also conduct ground breaking research and raise awareness of the need for new donors by encouraging people to join the register.

Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer such as leukaemia. For many of those a bone marrow or stem cell transplant is their only chance. But complications and infections are a real risk and currently the success rate of transplants is just over 50%, meaning that almost half of patients do not survive.

Funding groundbreaking research

Last year £92,000 was awarded to Anthony Nolan to fund a project which aims to increase the chances of survival for cancer patients.

One of the major risks to transplant patients is Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD), a debilitating and potentially fatal condition where the newly transplanted donor cells attack those of the patient resulting in the breakdown of major organs. This research will explore the role of regulatory t-cells, a type of white blood cell, and their power to inhibit GvHD.

Anthony Nolan Supporter Award

The Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of volunteers, fundraisers and campaigners whose support allows the charity to save more lives. The Masonic Charitable Foundation has been nominated for the Organisational Fundraiser of the Year Award.

View the full list of shortlisted nominees here >>