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Anthony Nolan Trust: Hampstead volunteer up for national ‘everyday hero’ award

PUBLISHED: 09:29 20 November 2018

Hampstead's Lisa Deaner, who's up for an Anthony Nolan Supporters Award. Picture: Lisa Deaner

Hampstead's Lisa Deaner, who's up for an Anthony Nolan Supporters Award. Picture: Lisa Deaner

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Hampstead’s Lisa Deaner, 54, has been shortlisted for an Anthony Nolan Supporters award by the blood cancer charity.

The Anthony Nolan Trust, which is itself based in Hampstead at the Royal Free Hospital, runs an annual awards ceremony to thank its supporters.

Lisa said: ”I was really very humbled to be nominated. It’s a real pleasure to volunteer.”

Lisa’s main role is to send out donor packs to would-be volunteers who might sign up to the bone marrow donation register.

She told this newspaper: “They reckon I’ve probaby sent out over 8,000.”

Lisa’s has two very personal motivations.

Her own father died of leukemia and then in 2016 her close friend’s daughter Lara Casalotti – from Belsize – was diagnosed, too.

“She was only 24, All of our friends were supportive and we rallied around her campaign to find a match.”

Anthony Nolan Trust chief executive Henny Braund said: “Lisa has excelled over the last year by putting a great deal of time and energy into helping supporting Anthony Nolan.”

The awards ceremony is at the Tower of London on Thursday night.

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