Journalist from Kenilworth wins prestigious national charity award

Warren’s nomination was in recognition of his writing on the charity’s work, and, in particular, on the story of stem cell transplant recipient Jo Kelly meeting her lifesaving donor, Stefan

A journalist from Kenilworth has been honoured by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, at a digital awards celebration.

Warren Manger from Kenilworth won the Journalist of the Year award at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards 2020, where celebrity presenters included Oscar winner Olivia Colman and comedians Josh Widdicombe and Nish Kumar.

Warren’s nomination was in recognition of his writing on the charity’s work, and, in particular, on the story of stem cell transplant recipient Jo Kelly meeting her lifesaving donor, Stefan.

Warren Manger with his award. Photo supplied

Warren’s award was presented by Jo herself.

The prestigious Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards were back for their eighth year and recognised the outstanding achievements of the volunteers, fundraisers, clinical supporters and donors who help the pioneering blood cancer charity save lives.

The awards ceremony is usually held at the Tower of London, but with mass gatherings of this nature currently unable to take place there was be a digital celebration instead.

Other presenters also included TV doctor Dr Ranj, actress and author Carrie Hope Fletcher, TV presenters Ria Hebden, Joe Crowley and Lucy Siegle, actress Kellie Shirley and actor Tom Austen.

Warren said: "I'll never forget the first story I covered with Anthony Nolan, it was an appeal to help a baby girl whose only hope was a stem cell transplant.

"It seemed so unfair that her precious life could be cut short when it had barely begun.

"Knowing that a stem cell donor might be able to offer her the future she deserved, I made sure I attended the next recruitment event to join the register and show our readers how quick and painless the process was.

"That was nearly 15 years ago, but I am still in awe of the charity's incredible work and the remarkable legacy that Anthony Nolan and his mum Shirley have given the world. It's a privilege to support such a special charity and an honour to receive this award."

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “It is remarkable to see how many people support our work to find a match for those in need of a stem cell transplant.

"Without them, none of our life-saving work would be possible.

“As an organisation we rely on members of the public to learn about our work relating to the stem cell register and feel inspired to join.

"Press coverage is vital to us achieving our aims and demonstrating our impact in local communities.

"We’re incredibly grateful to Warren for raising the profile of altruistic stem cell donation and inspiring others to support our work.”

Anthony Nolan is the charity that finds matching stem cell donors for people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

It also carries out research to help save more lives and provide information and support to patients after a stem cell transplant, through its clinical nurse specialists and psychologists, who help guide patients through their recovery.

To see the full shortlist, and find out more about the charity go to: www.anthonynolan.org/awards