Marrow donors recruited from school
PUPILS at St Ivo School were saving lives again in their lunch hour on Monday. In just one session, 49 pupils and 10 staff signed up to join the register of bone marrow donors run by The Anthony Nolan Trust. For the past seven years, sixth formers have jo
PUPILS at St Ivo School were saving lives again in their lunch hour on Monday.
In just one session, 49 pupils and 10 staff signed up to join the register of bone marrow donors run by The Anthony Nolan Trust.
For the past seven years, sixth formers have joined the register to try to save the lives of people suffering from leukaemia and other diseases.
So far, three pupils have gone on to donate bone marrow, including Laura Meadowcroft, now 22, who joined the trust as a recruitment worker after leaving St Ivo School.
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"It is done anonymously so I don't know who the recipient was or whether the donation went well but it is a wonderful chance to save someone's life.
"We have had three donors from St Ivo - what are the odds of that?"
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Laura added: "The recruitment sessions have been organised each year by Judith Barnes, head of history, and this year it's extra special because Mrs Barnes is retiring."
INFORMATION: To join the register, people must be aged 18-40, be in good health, weigh more than eight stone (51kg), not be severely overweight and be willing to donate to any patient they match. Once people have joined, they remain on the register until their 60th birthday. Visit www.anthonynolan.org.uk or call 020 7284 1234.