Leukaemia patient wins ‘champion’ award

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A man who has battled Leukaemia was named Patient Champion of the Year at a charity’s award ceremony.

George Norton, 32, who grew up in Chichester, has been celebrated with a Anthony Nolan Supporter award - which celebrates supporters of the blood charity.

He was treated for leukaemia in 2005 but relapsed in 2013 and had a transplant in March 2014.

George, now living in London, started blogging and sharing his experiences of leukaemia and bone marrow transplants.

More than 1,000 people have subscribed to receive alerts to George’s posts which in linked to Anthony Nolan’s website.

George said: “I’m so proud to be able to play some part in the fantastic work Anthony Nolan does, so to be their first Patient Champion of the Year is a huge honour.

“Not only did they find me a bone marrow match to help save my life, but they’ve also supported me and so many others through all the challenges that arise before and after a transplant.

“There’s no use yelling about what it’s like to be a patient if nobody’s listening. Anthony Nolan’s patient experience team not only listen, but even incorporate my ramblings into terrific, positive action and advice. I assume this award means I’m allowed to keep pestering them.”

The awards ceremony will take place on October 27 in the House of Commons and winners will be announced at the event.

George also raises awareness about the charity through Twitter.

He is an active member of its online forum for patients and has made a video saying ‘I thank you donor’ to the tune of Frankie Valli’s ‘I love you baby’, which has received almost 1,000 hits on YouTube.

Henny Braund, Chief Executive at Anthony Nolan, said: “George is a resolute champion of patients suffering from blood cancer and has been an inspiration to others since he started his blog earlier this year.

“Thousands of people support Anthony Nolan and enable us to carry out our lifesaving work. George really has gone above and beyond in his commitment to the charity and we’re so grateful for everything that he does.”