Stem cell hero David wins na­tional award

Lochgilp­head fire­man recog­nised as UK’s Donor Cham­pion

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Colin Cameron ed­i­[email protected]­gyll­shiread­ver­

David MacInnes has won the Donor Cham­pion of the Year award at the An­thony Nolan Sup­porter Awards (ANSAs), recog­nis­ing his work rais­ing aware­ness of the need for more stem cell donors for blood can­cer pa­tients.

He re­ceived the pres­ti­gious award at a cer­e­mony at the Tower of Lon­don on Thurs­day Novem­ber 22.

David, a fire­man from Lochgilp­head, heard about An­thony Nolan when his best friend’s fam­ily was af­fected by leukaemia. He de­cided to join the reg­is­ter and, in Oc­to­ber 2015, do­nated his stem cells.

Dad-of-two David has con­tin­ued to show his ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port for An­thony Nolan in many ways. He has raised £4,695 through spon­sor­ship by com­plet­ing the Lon­don Marathon 2018, at­tended nu­mer­ous re­cruit­ment events and has or­gan­ised sev­eral ju­nior dis­cos in his lo­cal com­mu­nity to raise money for the char­ity.

Win­ners at the ANSAs were cho­sen by a panel of judges from An­thony Nolan, chaired by the char­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Henny Braund.

David said: ‘Win­ning this award feels sur­real. I did not ex­pect to win.

‘I would like to thank ev­ery­one who nom­i­nated me and I will con­tinue to do what I can to sup­port the amaz­ing work Antony Nolan does for peo­ple af­fected by blood can­cer.’

Henny Braund added: ‘David is a hugely de­serv­ing win­ner of this award. His ex­traor­di­nary sup­port and pas­sion for our life­sav­ing work epit­o­mises the ethos of our char­ity, which is built on one per­son di­rectly help­ing an­other.

‘We are in­cred­i­bly proud of all the other win­ners and nom­i­nees at this year’s An­thony Nolan Sup­porter Awards. They have all gone above and be­yond in their com­mit­ment to the char­ity.

‘Be­tween them they have raised vi­tal funds, re­cruited the life­savers of the fu­ture, shared sto­ries to gen­er­ate aware­ness, cam­paigned for change in par­lia­ment and vol­un­teered count­less hours to make it all hap­pen.’

Win­ner David, right, with run­ner-up Simeon Bar­nett.

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