Inspirational Catherine shortlisted for top awards

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A Peterhead teenager who died after a brave battle against cancer earlier this year has been shortlisted for two top fundraising awards.

Catherine Melrose, who passed away in July aged just 17, has been remembered by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

They have shortlisted Catherine for Individual Fundraiser of the Year and for the Shirley Nolan Award for Special Recognition, in the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards 2014.

Catherine supported Anthony Nolan from February 2013 after she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

After her diagnosis, Catherine was determined to help others and raise money for Anthony Nolan.

Despite her illness, Catherine – along with her mum Samantha, family and local community – worked tirelessly to promote and raise funds for the charity.

To date, more than £70,000 has been raised, and at least three people who joined the register because of Catherine have gone on to donate their stem cells.

Before she sadly passed away, Catherine asked her family to continue fundraising for Anthony Nolan and they have pledged their lifetime support.

Commenting on the nomination, Catherine’s mum Samantha said: “We’re all delighted Catherine has been recognised in this way.

“Her reaction to her diagnosis, treatment and how she coped when told she had lost her battle was just
amazing.

“She made things so much easier for us all to cope too as she was so brave and totally selfless throughout.”

Anthony Nolan has recognised Catherine’s amazing efforts because of her determined spirit in the face of blood cancer and her outstanding dedication to helping others with blood cancer.

The charity uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

Henny Braund, Chief Executive at Anthony Nolan, said: “Catherine Melrose was an incredible supporter of the charity as well as being an inspiration to us all during her battle with blood cancer.

“Her legacy will continue to save lives, thanks to her fundraising efforts and her determination to raise awareness of the importance of donating stem cells.

“The Awards will be a fitting occasion to celebrate what an amazing difference Catherine has made to the lives of others during her lifetime.”

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