Anthony Nolan Trust Event at Regent
Students of Regent College took part in an event in partnership with the Anthony Nolan Trust, to encourage young people to help cure blood cancer by signing up to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register. The event took place on 10th February and students are also working with the Rik Basra Leukaemia campaign, the charity set up by Leicestershire police inspector Rik Basra, who received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. A large total of 224 of our students registered as stem cell donors, which was fantastic!
Further emphasising the significance and potential impact of the event, it is also being backed by the family of Aneesa Hussain, an 18-year-old Birmingham resident who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. Her best chance of a match will be another Asian person.
Rik Basra adds, “The reason we started the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign was to save people like Aneesa. It really is simple and straightforward to register and donate, taking just 20 minutes out of your day will be the first steps in potentially giving someone the chance of life. I was lucky enough to find a matching donor – now we need to find one for Aneesa and others like her.”
Manzoor, Aneesa’s father, says, “To suddenly find out that your bright, bubbly daughter has a life-threatening illness is devastating. Aneesa needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. Things don't get much more difficult than this"
Regent College Principal Paul Wilson says, "Regent College is delighted to be supporting this campaign and leading an event. We want to be able to promote the importance of community contributions and active citizenship among students, this project enables young people to make a real difference by potentially saving life. We have enthusiasm and support from within the college, as well as from the wider communities that we work with.”
Deputy City Mayor Rory Palmer is also backing the event and says, “I am encouraging people to come along to this special event at Regent College to find out more about the Anthony Nolan donor register and to sign up. As a governor at Regent I knew the students there would want to get behind this very important campaign. Students have organised this event and have shown their determination to help. We now need lots of students to come along on the 26th to make it a real success. I know that Regent College students will do their bit to help the Anthony Nolan and Rik Basra campaigns.”
Anyone aged 16-30 is encouraged to sign up. To join the register, you simply fill in a short application form and provide a saliva sample. Sign up online at www.anthonynolan.org.