IT’S a simple, virtually painless chance to save a life.

And it could spell out survival for the likes of Huddersfield youngster Sophie Edwards.

The seven-year-old girl from Newsome is battling leukaemia and needs a bone marrow transplant as her only realistic hope of surviving.

That’s why the Anthony Nolan Trust organised and hosted a donor clinic in Berry Brow.

And it is why Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury is campaigning so hard for the clinics.

Adrian, 26, has been given only weeks to live after the leukaemia he had fought for 18 months returned to ravage his body.

But he is very much appreciative of the extra time he has had thanks to a bone marrow transplant he underwent last year.

He said: “It’s amazing that 7,000 people in the UK are still waiting to find a match. Without one they will die.

“At least I had a chance.

“It's given me an extra year and in that time done I have lots of fun stuff and even won awards.

“That’s why it is so vital we tell everyone about becoming a donor.”

Dozens of people willing to help attended last week’s clinic at Newsome South Methodist Church.

Among them was painter and decorator Cindy Oliver.

Cindy, 36, of Lascelles Hall, came out of work to have a blood sample taken by the trained experts on hand to help at the clinic.

“I heard about the clinic on the radio as I was working and I wanted to see if I could help,’’ she said. “I have a 10-year-old daughter Emily and that convinced me to join the register.

“It is a nice feeling to think I may be able to help and the test itself was absolutely fine with no pain.

“It’s good to think I may be able to help others.

Sophie’s dad, Andrew, was at the clinic to personally thank many of the would-be donors.

He has diabetes and cannot be a donor but said: “It’s vital we get donors, not just for Sophie but for so many other people.

“There are clinics all over and the trust can help people who want to join.”

Anthony Nolan Trust donor recruitment manager Rebecca Sedgwick said: “I’ve spoken to Adrian many times and know what wonderful support he has given the Trust.

“In his case, the transplant has given him an extra year and for people battling leukaemia that can be so precious. For many others it means they get to live and lead a normal life.

“We need people to go on our registers as donors. We hope that clinics like the one in Huddersfield will find a donor for people like Sophie, but also for any one of our many patients waiting for transplants”.

New donors must be between 18 and 40

Donors must be in good health, weigh over eight stone and not be overweight

Key target areas are males, young donors and people from ethnic minority groups

Donors must be willing to save the life of anyone on the register

The actual marrow donation is a simple procedure that takes only four hours

7,000 people currently need transplants

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