THE Stem Cell Scousers have been celebrating after reaching the £45,000 mark for fund-raising.
Kevin Dunne and his younger brother Tony, were inspired to set up Stem Cell Scousers in 2015 after the charity Anthony Nolan found a donor for Kevin’s wife in the USA who saved her life when she was suffering from very aggressive leukaemia.
In 2016, Tony was diagnosed with a Blood Disorder and needed a stem cell transplant but against all the odds - and to the amazement of the doctors - Kevin was a miracle match for Tony - just like an identical twin - even though Kevin is two years older. Kevin then donated his cells and saved Tony’s life.
In the last year alone, the Stem Cell Scousers, which are a Friends of Anthony Nolan group, have organised donor recruitment drives which signed up 496 new donors to the national register.
They hold events across Sefton, including bag packs in supermarkets such as Aldi in Netherton and Tesco in Formby.
Earlier this year, Kevin Dunne won a Pride of Formby award for his work raising funds and awareness.
Kevin Dunne said: “The Stem Cell Scousers in just four years have now raised an amazing sum of £45,444.19 for blood cancer charities. The Anthony Nolan has received £34,546.13 of that total. “The Myeloma UK West Lancs and Mersyside Support Group joined the StemCellScousers last year and have helped at numerous fundraising events for the Anthony Nolan and the Royal Liverpool Hospital's R CHARITY.”
Lawrie Mallyon from Anthony Nolan added: “We are amazed by the tireless fundraising and awareness of the Anthony Nolan Charity that the Stem Cell Scousers are doing for us and all the political support they have gained for the Anthony Nolan in the Merseyside area.
“It costs £40 to recruit and maintain just one new potential donor to our register and the Stem Cell Scousers have helped us to recruit 846 new donors to our donor register.”