By Connie Osborne Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 04/11 12:52
A REDDITCH couple who lost their son to leukaemia have been shortlisted for an award for their contribution to a blood cancer charity.
Whitney and James Manders could be crowned Volunteers of the Year at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards 2013 after raising awareness of the charity as well as the need for bone marrow donors.
Their son Ronnie passed away at just 22 months in June this year after losing his brave battle against the rare cancer.
The couple appealed through social media to encourage people to become donors and blogged about their experiences while raising over £30,000 for the charity to help recruit new donors.
The award was open to public nomination and recognises outstanding individuals who have contributed to Anthony Nolan over the last year.
Henny Braund, chief executive at Anthony Nolan, said: "Throughout Ronnie’s battle with leukaemia, Whitney and James showed so much bravery and courage.
"Ronnie’s legacy will continue in the many people who have been inspired by his story to join the bone marrow register.
"Whitney and James have helped to raise vital awareness and funds for Anthony Nolan and I am delighted they have been shortlisted for this award."
The judges have had two weeks to read about and consider the various nominations and the awards ceremony will take place on Monday (November 4) in the House of Commons where the winners will be announced.
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