Local couple nominated for charity award

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Gillian Adams - a West Leicestershire CCG Board member - and her husband Steve Rothberg have been named as finalists at this year’s Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards (ANSAs). Gillian and Steve will be recognised for their support for the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan which started after Steve received a transplant in 2010 after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

The ANSAs are held annually to recognise and celebrate the work of the charity’s many supporters. Gillian and Steve have been nominated for the Shirley Nolan Award for Special Recognition, an award named after the founder of Anthony Nolan, and recognises those who have truly gone above and beyond to help the charity. 

Gillian and Steve are strong and committed supporters of the Anthony Nolan’s work, having actively advocated on behalf of patients and raised funds to support the recruitment of donors.

Gillian is a member of the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, tirelessly representing patient and family interests in NHS commissioning meetings, including working to secure NHS funding for second allogeneic transplants. She is also contributing to the Anthony Nolan post-transplant pathway Expert Steering Group. As a Vice Chair of the EBMT (European Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation) Patient Committee she has initiated new connections between the charity and European patient groups.

Steve, a Pro Vice Chancellor at Loughborough University, has worked closely with the charity to advocate for patient access to a drug which prevents CMV disease and was heavily involved in promoting the Spit Happens event at Loughborough University, recruiting 2056 onto the Anthony Nolan register in one day.

To celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary, Gillian and Steve completed the Course Eiffage du Viaduc de Millau 24km race this year and raised £1300.

Upon hearing the news of been a finalist, Gillian, a Management Consultant and board member at West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said, ‘We were surprised but absolutely delighted. Having lived this experience, I felt I should do something useful with it, to benefit future patients and families. I advocate for patients and families nationally and now internationally; being able to use my professional skills working collaboratively with clinicians to implement and influence policy is tremendous. To be recognised by Anthony Nolan is fantastic.’

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, says: ‘Congratulations to Gillian and Steve on being shortlisted in the 2018 Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.

‘Every day at least five people begin their search for a matching unrelated stem cell donor to treat their blood cancer or blood disorder. We’re incredibly lucky to have so many people supporting Anthony Nolan’s vital work to find a match for everyone in need of a lifesaving transplant. Gillian and Steve have excelled over the last year by putting a great deal of time and energy into supporting Anthony Nolan.’

Henny added: ‘We want to say a massive thank you, and congratulations, to Gillian and Steve and we are looking forward to celebrating with them at the Tower of London.’

The awards ceremony will take place on 22nd November at the Tower of London. For more information on the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards please visit, www.anthonynolan.org/awards.