Su­per broth­ers raise £25,000 for char­ity

Midweek Visiter - - Front page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

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 kevin­dunne2@google­ or by mes­sag­ing on Twit­ter #STEM­CELLSCOUSERS.

Stem­cell Scousers at a re­cruit­ment event at Nether­ton Aldi

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