Charity campaigner Steve Plunkett to be honoured

Volvo body and paint manager Steve Plunkett is set to be honoured by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, at a digital awards celebration this month.

He has been shortlisted for the Donor Champion of the Year Award at the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards 2021 for raising over £20,000 for the charity.

The prestigious Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of the volunteers, fundraisers, clinical supporters and donors who help the pioneering blood cancer charity save lives. The awards, which are in their eighth year, have seen hundreds of people honoured for making the charity’s work possible. Celebrity winners have included Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman, reality star Bobby Norris and Olympic medallist Chris Newton.  

Plunkett’s fundraising journey began when his father was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1982 and received a stem cell transplant. Sadly, the treatment was not successful and his father passed away in the same year.

Plunkett then joined the Anthony Nolan stem cell register in the hope of matching with a patient in need of a stem cell transplant. To his surprise, he was found to be a match for a patient in 2003 and was able to donate his stem cells.

He has also organised the Plunkys All Stars series of charity football matches for the automotive industry.