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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Dad’s battle inspired top fundraiser Euan

A FUND-RAISER inspired by his father’s battle with blood cancer has been shortlisted for a top national award.

Euan Duff from Eastriggs has raised nearly £17,000 for Anthony Nolan through a series of impressive challenges, and is now in the running to be named the charity’s Individual Fundraiser of the Year.
Anthony Nolan chief executive Henny Braund said: “Euan is an incredible supporter of the charity and we’re delighted that he has been shortlisted for this award.”
While noting thousands of people support Anthony Nolan, he added: “Euan really has gone above and beyond in his commitment to the charity and we’re so grateful for everything that he does.”
Euan has supported Anthony Nolan since 2014 after his father Colin, 57, received his second stem cell transplant from the blood cancer charity.
In 2014, Euan took on ten sporting events over 100 days, starting with a gruelling half ironman triathlon in the Cumbrian hills.
Colin needed a second transplant that Christmas, so Euan took on more challenges in 2015.
And in July last year, Euan and friend James McNay tracked the journey of Colin’s second stem donation by cycling 1100 miles from Germany to Scotland in 11 days.
Euan said: “These challenges gave me a coping mechanism while my dad was going through the transplant procedure.
“Every challenge was aimed to show people the constant struggle transplant patients live with during their first 100 days after transplant.”
Addressing the award nomination, he said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have my efforts recognised, my efforts are nothing though compared to the achievements each transplant patient makes on a daily basis and of course Anthony Nolan.
“They gave my dad another chance not once but twice, nothing I could do will ever repay them.
“I’m just so happy that my dad and I will be able to celebrate our achievements together as we plan the next adventure, with all the other amazing supporters.”
The awards ceremony takes place on November 22 in the House of Commons in London.

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