Super brothers raise £25,000 for charity
APAIR of brothers from Formby have raised over £25,000 for charity in just two years.
Kevin, 69, and Tony Dunne, 68, began fundraising when Tony was diagnosed with a very rare blood disorder which they claim only affects one person in a million, called severe aplastic anaemia.
This disorder occurs when the bone marrow stops producing blood cells.
Upon diagnosis, which took place two years ago, Tony was told that his best chance of survival would be to have a stemcell transplant.
His brother, Kevin, stepped in a provided the much needed stemcells - and as a result, fortunately, Tony has recovered.
After this experience, the brothers formed their fundraising team called ‘Stemcell Scousers’ which supports stem call donor appeals and fundraise for various blood cancer charities.
Kevin said: “Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, like Leukaemia and Lymphoma, and around 2,000 UK patients per year need a stemcell transplant to survive but sadly, only half manage to find a donor.
“Stemcellscousers have teamed up with the Anthony Nolan Charity, DKMS, Leukaemia Care and the Royal Liverpool Hospital - which has the Mersey regional stemcell transplant unit.
“In just 2 years, the Stemcell Scousers have raised over £25,000 for these organisations in support of Blood Cancer Awareness.”
Additionally, through recruitment events, they have signed up 227 new donors this year.
The team is currently made up of just 11 people, mainly from Formby, and they are appealing to the public for help.
Kevin added: “We are very proud of what we have done so far, but we want to do so much more.
“Stemcell Scousers are being held back by a shortage of volunteers and are appealing for anyone who’s been touched by blood cancer, or has spare time and wants to give something back for only three or four hours per month.
If you are interested, or want to find out more, con- tact Kevin by email at email@example.com or by messaging on Twitter #STEMCELLSCOUSERS.
Stemcell Scousers at a recruitment event at Netherton Aldi