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Stories Montage

Stories are at the heart of everything we do at Anthony Nolan. Our charity’s very existence is because of a story – the story of Shirley Nolan and her son, Anthony. Now we’re approaching an exciting chapter in their ongoing story as we look forward to celebrating 50 years of giving people a second chance of life.

We have only come so far and achieved so much thanks to our patients, stem cell donors, supporters and all those involved in our lifesaving work. To mark this amazing anniversary, we want to share the inspiring stories that have continued Shirley’s incredible legacy for half a century.

Stories have the power to connect us, to inspire action and to raise awareness - that’s why they are so important to our work.

Do you have a story to share?

If you’d like to share your story, complete our short stories consent form and someone will be in touch.

Alan Corley had leukaemia as a child and was in hospital with Anthony Nolan. 40 years on, he started fundraising for us, inspired by the memory of his friend Anthony and his incredible mother Shirley.

Alan's story

When he was five years old, Alan was diagnosed with leukaemia and spent the next two years being treated at Westminster Children’s hospital – in the room right next door to Anthony Nolan. In this blog, he reflects on his memories of his friend.

Sandra, Head of Clinical Support

Sandra's story

25 years ago, Sandra joined Anthony Nolan straight from university and is now Head of Clinical Support in our laboratories team. In this blog, she reflects on the changes she’s seen and what the future holds.

Daniel Georgi

Georgie and Daniel’s story

Daniel was born in 2020 with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, the same condition Anthony Nolan was born with. But thanks to Anthony and Shirley’s incredible legacy, Daniel found his lifesaving stem cell donor. In this blog, Daniel’s mum Georgie shares their story.

How we use your stories


We’re lucky to have lots of people who want to share their experiences and we support them to tell their story, in their own words.

Once a story is gathered, we can share it in lots of different ways, including: posts on social media, press, films, fundraising materials, blogs and in person at events.

Every time we'd like to share someone’s story, we ask them first and they get to approve the content.