MARK TAMI MP WINS NATIONAL CHARITY AWARD

Mark Tami, the MP for Alyn and Deeside, was presented with a national award by the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan at a ceremony in Parliament on 28 November.

Mark and Anthony Nolan’s Chairman, Simon Dyson

Mark was announced as the winner in the category of Political Supporter of the Year at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards 2017.

Mark picked up his award at the ceremony, held at the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons. Finalists celebrated with afternoon tea, while Joe Crowley hosted the afternoon’s ceremony, which was sponsored by Colleen Fletcher MP.

The ANSAs are held annually to celebrate, recognise and thank the outstanding supporters who keep the pioneering blood cancer charity moving forward. Mark was joined by campaigners, fundraisers, volunteers, lifesaving stem cell donors and celebrities at the ceremony in the House of Commons.

Mark is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Stem Cell Transplantation, and has been a supporter of the charity for a number of years.

The award was presented to Mark in recognition of his incredible support over the last year for patients who have undergone a stem cell transplant. Mark has championed the needs of patients and their families in Parliament, including campaigning tirelessly for the right for patients to access second stem cell transplants. Mark was also honoured with an award at the 2015 Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.

Mark said: ‘I am very privileged to receive the award. A lot of work was done by Anthony Nolan to make sure that the campaign was a success. Although the number of people affected is thankfully small, it does give that number of people a chance of life which they wouldn’t have had otherwise. It also gives peace of mind to a lot of people that have to have a transplant, to think if the worst does happen there’s always another throw of the dice.’

Henny Braund, Chief Executive at Anthony Nolan, says, ‘We’re delighted that Mark has been recognised for his incredible support over the last year. Mark’s dedication to helping those who have undergone a stem cell transplant has meant that more patients will get the lifesaving transplant they need.’

Henny added: ‘This year’s awards have been a fitting occasion to bring our wonderful supporters together and thank them for helping us to save the lives of three people every day.’

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.

For more information about the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards, go to www.anthonynolan.org/awards