Ellon woman up for top award

Rosie with her friends
Rosie with her friends

An Ellon woman has been named as a finalist at this year’s Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards (ANSAs).

Rosie Carr was in hospital over the summer, and during this time her friends got in touch with the blood cancer charity to nominate her for the prestigious Shirley Nolan Special Recognition award.

The 22-year-old has been nominated for the awards due to her continual support of the charity.

After being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013, Rosie underwent gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, to then be told a stem cell transplant was her best hope for survival.

With no match within her family, Rosie relied on the Anthony Nolan register to find her life-saving donor.

She received a stem cell transplant from a stranger, which involved replacing her diseased cells with healthy cells from her donor.

This February, Rosie, along with her close-knit group of friends, who personally nominated her for the award, organised a special quiz night for Anthony Nolan, which raised over £9,000.

Rosie said: “Over 200 people bought tickets for the night, it sold out in under a week.

“Before my transplant I had never heard of Anthony Nolan, and neither had any of my friends, so we wanted to raise awareness of the life-changing charity.”

Later that month, Rosie’s leukaemia returned just after the quiz and she received a second transplant.

Despite spending the majority of her adult life in hospital, she remains positive and is determined to continue her support of the charity.

Rosie said: “I couldn’t believe that I’d been nominated, all of my friends did it without me knowing. We’re now planning on hosting a second fundraising event but we just have to think of a way to top the quiz!”

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, said: “Rosie is an incredible supporter of the charity and we’re delighted that she has been shortlisted for this award. Despite having been through so much, Rosie has worked tirelessly to help raise awareness for the need for more donors.

“While many people support Anthony Nolan, enabling us to carry out our lifesaving work, Rosie really has gone above and beyond in her commitment. We’re incredibly grateful for everything that she does.

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

The awards ceremony takes place on November 28 in the House of Commons.