A Horsham woman will attempt a 250 km race through the Sahara desert
Gemma Morris has raised over £29,000 for the Anthony Nolan charity since 2017 by taking part in various events such as the London Marathon in memory of her father, who died of blood cancer.
Gemma was also shortlisted for an Anthony Nolan Supporter Award, with a digital awards celebration on Thursday, February 17.
The Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of volunteers, fundraisers, clinical supporters and donors who help the pioneering blood cancer charity save lives.
Famous winners include Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who presented an award this year.
Gemma now plans to complete the Marathon de Sables, a 250km race through the Sahara Desert that lasts six days.
The challenge pushes even the fittest competitors to their limits and Gemma was pulled out on stage four of the race when she attempted the challenge in October, but she plans to return in March 2023 to complete what she began.
Gemma said: “I am absolutely blown away to have been nominated and shortlisted for this award, I never thought in a million years that my efforts would be rewarded like this, it really means the world needs to be recognized. “
Henny Braund, Managing Director of Anthony Nolan, said: “Gemma’s commitment to fundraising for Anthony Nolan in memory of her father has been truly inspiring.”
Anthony Nolan is the charity that finds matching stem cell donors for people with blood cancer and blood disorders and gives them a second chance at life.
See all winners at www.anthonynolan.org/awards
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