A firefighter from Argyll who donated his stem cells to a leukaemia patient has been named as a finalist at this year’s Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards (ANSAs).
After giving his lifesaving donation, David MacInnes of Lochgilphead went on to raise awareness of stem cell donation in schools, wrote a blog post about his donation, encouraged others to join the register and ran the London Marathon for Anthony Nolan.
He will be recognised as a Donor Champion by the blood cancer charity.
The Donor Champion of the Year award will be given to someone who has used their experience of donating stem cells to further inspire others to support the charity or to dispel myths and misconceptions about the process.
Mr MacInnes joined the Anthony Nolan register when his best friend’s cousin was affected by leukaemia. He was matched with a patient in need and donated his stem cells in 2015.
This year he raised £4,695 by completing the London Marathon. He has attended recruitment events and organised several discos to raise money for the charity.
Upon hearing he has been shortlisted, he said: “I was a bit surprised to be honest, it’s not something I ever expected to be nominated for. It’s certainly not why I’ve done the work I have for the charity. I felt proud that someone felt strong enough to nominate me and I will continue to do what I can for this amazing charity.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on November 22.