Teacher commended for cancer charity work

A teacher from Trinity Academy has been recognised at a national awards ceremony for her work in supporting a charity dedicated to saving the lives of people with blood cancer.

Ruth (third right) with her husband Pete Hodgson (right), step-son Jack and Anthony Nolan trustee Fran Burke.

Ruth Beaman, who has taught at Trinity since it opened in 2005, received the high-profile commendation in a ceremony at the Tower of London on 22 November. She came second in the ‘patient champion of the year’ category in the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards (ANSA).

Ruth, who received a stem cell transplant in 2016 to treat acute myeloid leukaemia, has shown tireless dedication in raising awareness and is recognised as a supporter who has significantly helped the pioneering charity over the past year.

Ruth has used her own experience to raise awareness and was delighted to be recognised by Anthony Nolan as a finalist in the patient champion of the year award.

Ruth said, “I was incredibly humbled to have been nominated, let alone shortlisted and then to be commended. To have had the opportunity to make a difference to at least one person with the work that I have done with Anthony Nolan is one thing, but to make something good out of a terribly horrible situation, that has the potential to destroy your life and the people you care dearly about, is just totally incredible.

“If I have managed to help one person through all this then I’m really proud to continue. To have my husband and step-son by side to watch me receive the award was amazing and to hear such inspirational stories of the other winners was truly incredible.”

Since receiving her own stem cell transplant, Ruth has supported Anthony Nolan’s work to raise awareness of the care needed after a transplant by participating in the charity’s ‘Who Cares?’ campaign and sharing her story with MPs. Since then, Ruth has gone on to become vice-chair of the Post-Transplant Care Expert Steering Group, a committee designed to provide advice which will improve the treatment, care and support that patients receive after a stem cell transplant.

Ruth with some of her students at Trinity Academy.

Anthony Nolan uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer patients in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. It also carries out vital research to make stem cell transplants more successful and supports patients through their transplant journey.

An Anthony Nolan spokesperson said: “The ANSAs gives us the chance to say thank you to the incredible supporters that make our lifesaving work possible.

“The event has been taking place for the past four years, and has seen hundreds of awards presented to deserving fundraisers, families of patients, donors, clinical supporters and journalists, all of whom have supported Anthony Nolan in a number of ways.”

Award nominees are decided by a mixture of recommendations from within the organisation and public nominations. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from Anthony Nolan, chaired by the organisation’s chief executive, Henny Braund.