Marham woman wins special recognition award for support of cancer charity
A woman from Marham has won a charity’s special recognition award for her 30-year lifesaving legacy in memory of her son.
Janet Qualters received the Shirley Nolan award for special recognition at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards (ANSAs) at a ceremony at the Tower of London on Thursday, November 22.
The ANSAs are held annually to celebrate, recognise and thank the supporters of the blood cancer charity.
Winners were chosen by a panel of judges from Anthony Nolan, chaired by the charity’s chief executive Henny Braund.
In the 30 years since Janet’s son Daniel died from acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) aged just two years old, she has raised more than £100,000 for the charity.
She is also responsible for recruiting more than 1,000 people to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, with at least 10 of these people being called up to donate to someone in desperate need of a potentially lifesaving transplant.
Janet said: “To receive the Shirley Nolan Award has meant everything to me especially as it is Daniel’s 30th anniversary of his passing.
“I do this for Daniel and accepted the award on Daniel’s behalf. I know both he and his brother Christopher are proud of my achievements.”
Janet, who is now a funeral civil celebrant, spent her years while working at RAF Marham tirelessly fundraising – organising everything from skydives, cycles and runs, to raffles, cake sales and a 1940s themed ball.
She was also responsible for organising a number of donor recruitment events at RAF bases in Marham,
Wyton, Halton and Cranwell.
Chief executive of Anthony Nolan, Henny Braund said: “Janet is a hugely deserving winner of the award.
“Her extraordinary support and passion for our lifesaving work epitomises the ethos of our charity, which is built on one person directly helping another.
The charity is “incredibly proud” of all the winners and nominees, she added.
“They have all gone above and beyond in their commitment to the charity.
“Between them they have raised vital funds, recruited the lifesavers of the future, shared stories to generate awareness, campaigned for change in Parliament and volunteered countless hours to make it all happen.”