Rosie, 22, receives award commendation for all her tireless charity fundraising

An Ellon woman has been commended for her generosity in fundraising while ill with leukaemia.

Rosie Carr, from Ellon, received praise for her tireless campaigning at the annual Anthony Nolan Supporters Awards (ANSAs) at the House of Commons.

The 22-year-old was nominated for the prestigious Shirley Nolan Special Recognition award by her friends earlier this year, to honour her work in raising funds for the blood cancer charity.

She said: “I feel very grateful to have been commended.

“Even though I didn’t win the award, the fact I was even a finalist and to get commended is an amazing feeling.”

Rosie was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013 and had to undergo gruelling rounds of chemotherapy before being told that a stem cell transplant was her best hope for survival.

With no match within her family, Rosie relied on the Anthony Nolan register to find her life-saving donor.

She received a stem cell transplant from a stranger, which involved replacing her diseased cells with healthy cells from her donor.

This February, Rosie, along with her close-knit group of friends, organised a special quiz night for Anthony Nolan, which raised over £9,000.

Sadly, just after the quiz, Rosie’s leukaemia returned and she received a second transplant during the summer.

However, despite spending the majority of her adult life in hospital, she remains positive and determined to continue her support of the charity.

Rosie added: “All work myself and my friends did raising money and awareness for the cause has been recognised and I’m very proud.

“I couldn’t believe that I’d been nominated, all of my friends did it without me knowing.

“We’re now planning on hosting a second fundraising event.”

Chief executive at Anthony Nolan Henny Braund said: “Rosie is an incredible supporter of the charity and we’re delighted that she has been commended.

“Despite having been through so much, Rosie has worked tirelessly to help raise awareness for the need for more donors.”