The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place.
Nominations for this year’s awards are open until 23:59 on 28 August 2020. Winners will be celebrated in a star-studded prime time special on ITV in November, packed with emotional moments and hilarious celebrity surprises.
Peter McCleave, 42, from Cheshire, has been nominated in the Special Recognition category for his inspirational campaigning work to raise awareness of blood cancer, the importance of blood stem cell donations and encouraging thousands of people to join the registry.
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, myeloma or lymphoma. Making blood cancers the third most common cause of cancer death in the UK, yet only 2% of the UK population are registered as a blood stem cell donor.
The nomination is well-deserved and highlights Peter’s tireless efforts to increase registrations and raise vital funds since being diagnosed with myeloma in 2017.
Sadly, despite a global search of the UK’s Aligned Stem Cell Registry, a matching donor has not yet been found for the dad-of-two. Resolute, he has made it his mission to help give a second chance of life to as many people in need of a blood stem cell donation. Over the past few years the former Ironman triathlete has competed in the Crumball Rally, stormed Amazon’s music charts and delivered talks to Amazon and the Women’s Institute.
So far, Peter has added over 85,000 potential lifesavers to the register, with 15 people being identified as the best possible match for someone with blood cancer, or a life-threatening blood disorder. It is very likely that Peter has helped to give even more people a second chance of life.
Peter’s fundraising efforts have seen him raise over £80,000 to help us cover the costs of registering more potential lifesavers.
Many people deserve recognition through the Pride of Britain Award, but Peter personifies all that is good in the world. Despite his own fight with blood cancer he works selflessly each day to shine a light on blood cancer and help others fight.
We would love to get Peter shortlisted for a Pride of Britain Special Recognition Award – you could also nominate him or someone else that deserves recognition.