I will be featuring a charitable organisation every month on the Paisley website “nominate yours now” our first one is one that I am a donor for it is the Anthony Nolan Trust, I have been on their donor books now for about 5 years and it only took a trip to the doctors to give some blood so that they can match your blood type up to possible donors.
Here is some information from the Anthony Nolan trust website news release:
Terminally ill journalist Adrian Sudbury has met Gordon Brown to kick start a national campaign in schools to educate young people about becoming bone marrow donors.
Adrian, aged just 26, has been battling with leukaemia for the past 18 months and in a devastating blow has been told by doctors that he only has weeks to live. Despite his diagnosis, brave Adrian has been lobbying for better education on bone marrow donation and has already met with Health Secretary Alan Johnson and Schools Secretary Ed Balls to discuss the issue.
Adrian said that his 20 minute meeting with Gordon Brown was very productive and the Prime Minister was very supportive of his campaign. Adrian hopes that information on bone marrow donation will be made part of the curriculum.
Adrian commented “The big problem in our country with bone marrow donation is that it’s very poorly understood. It’s believed to be a horrific procedure. But the reality is very different to thatâ€™
Adrianâ€™s award winning blog has received international notoriety, and his campaign has touched the hearts of people across the world.
Alex Frazier, spokeswoman for the Anthony Nolan Trust, said:
The Anthony Nolan Trust wholeheartedly supports Adrian’s call to raise awareness in schools and colleges. Currently thousands of patients are anxiously waiting to find a suitably matched bone marrow donor and not enough has been done to educate people about the benefits of donation.
It’s a fantastic and crucial achievement that Adrian has enlisted the support of Gordon Brown, Alan Johnson and Ed Balls. Adrian has shown great courage throughout his illness, and this campaign epitomises Adrian’s fighting spirit and determination to help others have a chance of life.
The Anthony Nolan Trust is currently searching to find bone marrow donors for 16,000 patients worldwide. People waiting for a bone marrow donor have few other options, if any so we urge more young people to find out what’s involved.