Collaboration helps raise charity funds and awareness

In addition to his day job, director of Socius, Steve Eccles, recently became the new president of the National Association of Round Tables in Great Britain and Ireland, an organisation with a long history of making a difference in the community.

As part of his appointment, Steve has chosen his ‘Charity of the Year’, Anthony Nolan, an organisation that saves and improves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. This year, Anthony Nolan celebrates 50 years of saving lives through stem cells, and credited with helping to raise enough funds to get the charity started in 1974, it’s a fitting cause for the Round Table to support during Steve’s presidential year.

Anthony Nolan has a close relationship with The Royal Marsden, also a close partner to Socius as part of the London Cancer Hub in Sutton. The Royal Marsden has one of the largest stem cell transplant centres in Europe – they performed over 200 transplants in the last year alone and Anthony Nolan works closely with clinicians and the centres to provide stem cells for their patients. In addition, Anthony Nolan has funded a Clinical Nurse Specialist and its Donor Consultant is a Haematology Consultant at The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Anthony Nolan helps to save four lives a day by growing its stem cell register. The charity is targeting young men aged 16-30, as research shows that younger donors improve outcomes. Joining the register is easy and free – find out more here here.

Since 1974, the Round Table has raised £1.3m for Anthony Nolan and added over 100,000 people to the register. Steve is hoping to add another £120,000 to the pot in his presidential year, with several members taking part in the 2km a day challenge throughout June, the Ilkley half marathon in July and there’s even a sky dive on the cards later this year!

“I’ve completed a good number of charity challenges so far this year, including Ride London 2024 and cycling from London to Leeds for UKREiiF, says Steve. I’m looking forward to continuing my fundraising efforts to further support the research and treatment of cancer.”

Find out more and help Steve to raise vital funds and grow the stem cell register here.