Anthony Nolan nominated for charity of the year award

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By Steven O'Neill



The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is delighted to have been shortlisted with Anthony Nolan as Charity Partnership of the Year at the 2019 Third Sector Awards.


The SFRS formed the life-saving partnership with the blood cancer charity 10 years ago.

Since then volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the desperate need for more stem cell donors.


As a result, over 14,200 new potential stem cell donors have been recruited on the Anthony Nolan register.


The partnership has seen 53 people recruited by the scheme donate stem cells and give seriously ill patients a second chance at life.


Now mainly focusing on Secondary School recruitment, volunteers have educated over 20,000 school children aged between 16 and 18.


The partnership is designed to save lives as well as promoting positive and active citizenship.


Sarah O’Donnell is Director of Finance and Contractual Services for the SFRS and the Strategic Lead for the partnership.


She said: “We feel hugely proud and honoured to be shortlisted for this award.

“The purpose of the SFRS is to save and improve lives, and working in partnership with Anthony Nolan has given us an additional and unique way to do just that.


“Our events not only offer hope to blood cancer patients, but they also teach an important lesson about citizenship to young adults.


“I am humbled to be representing our volunteers and young lifesavers at this prestigious event.


“This year is the 10th anniversary of our partnership with Anthony Nolan and therefore to be a finalist at the Third Sector Awards is very special”