Mark Tami MP wins national charity award

Mark Tami MP and Rebecca GladstoneMark Tami MP has been presented with a national award by the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

Mark Tami along with David Burrowes MP, who are co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Stem Cell Transplantation, have won the Political Supporter of the Year award at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards 2015. The ceremony took place at the House of Commons on Tuesday evening and Mark and David were joined by campaigners, fundraisers, volunteers, and lifesaving stem cell donors lifesaving stem cell donors at the ceremony, where guests enjoyed afternoon tea.

The prestigious Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards were back for their third year to celebrate, recognise and thank the outstanding supporters who keep the pioneering blood cancer charity moving forward.

Speaking about his win, Mark said “I’m really pleased to receive this award from Anthony Nolan, not for me but really on behalf of the APPG, which has been really successful in bringing together people across the medical field for the benefit of all those in need of, or recovering from, a stem cell transplant.”

The APPG have championed the work of Anthony Nolan within Westminster for many years. The group holds meetings and events in the House of Commons to raise awareness about issues relating to stem cell donation and transplantation, and work to keep these issues on the government’s health policy agenda. David and Mark are always incredibly keen to showcase the work of the charity and to highlight the need to care and support people with blood cancer in Parliament.

Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. It also carries out vital research to make stem cell transplants more successful, and supports patients through their transplant journey.

Henny Braund, Chief Executive at Anthony Nolan, says, “David and Mark are hugely deserving winners of this award; their extraordinary support and passion for our lifesaving work epitomises the ethos of our charity, which is built on one person directly helping another.  I continue to find myself inspired and humbled by the dedication of supporters like David and Mark, who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the charity. By supporting our work, they have played a vital part in giving 1,200 people this year a second chance of life.”

For more information, go to www.anthonynolan.org/awards